TEPCO president apologizes, just a wee bit late


Five years too late, to be precise.

But he did it with one of those public displays of humility, complete with a deep bow. We have to admit that we’d love to see similar displays from the banksters who robbed us blind and drove our country — and the rest of the world — deep into a recession from which we have yet to recover.

From the Yomiuri Shimbun:

Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. President Naomi Hirose apologized Tuesday for the company’s failure to quickly announce the triple meltdown at its Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant damaged in the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

“It’s natural for the public to regard the delay in the disclosure as an attempt to cover up the meltdowns, and I deeply apologize for that,” he told a press conference.

In a report released Thursday, a TEPCO third-party panel said that then TEPCO President Masataka Shimizu instructed a senior company official at the time not to use the term “meltdowns” during the company’s initial responses to the crisis at the plant in Fukushima Prefecture.

The instruction was made through a public relations official during a press conference on the night of March 14, 2011, three days after the plant was damaged by the disaster, according to the report.

Hirose said he considers Shimizu’s instruction as an attempt to hide the conditions at the plant at the time.

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