AFP: Tepco spells Japan Prime Minister’s name wrong during Fukushima visit and had him wear it — “We are very sorry” — “They can’t even check on something as trivial as this”

Published: September 20th, 2013 at 3:32 pm ET
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Sky News Australia, Sept. 19, 2013: Red-faced officials have issued an embarrassed apology to Japan’s prime minister for spelling his name wrong during a high-profile tour of the battered Fukushima nuclear plant [...] TEPCO, which has been lambasted internationally for what critics say is its hapless handling of the catastrophe at Fukushima, used the wrong Chinese character for part of the PM’s name. [...] ‘We are very sorry for the mistake. We sincerely apologise to the prime minister for printing an inaccurate name.’ [...]

AFP, Sept. 20, 2013: [...] The giant utility was pilloried on Twitter over the gaffe on Friday. User @YuriSakamoto tweeted “They can’t get anything right, can they?” “Isn’t it a big deal that TEPCO didn’t think twice about misspelling the name of the country’s prime minister and had him wear it” said @PsychoQueen59, while @ShoHgo_chirpy said: “TEPCO cannot even check on something as trivial as this.” [...] Earlier this month the premier, during Tokyo’s successful pitch to host the 2020 Games, told Olympic chiefs: “Let me assure you, the situation is under control”.

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Published: September 20th, 2013 at 3:32 pm ET
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