Japan Times: Lead investigator says Tepco internal documents may be seized

Published: May 31st, 2012 at 2:36 am ET


Alleged plan to pull No. 1 plant workers returns to haunt Tepco
Japan Times
May 31, 2012

A Diet panel investigating the causes of the nuclear crisis recently interviewed key politicians who responded to the early stage of the emergency, bringing a long-unanswered question back into the spotlight: Did Tokyo Electric Power Co. really want to pull all of its workers out of the Fukushima No. 1 power plant?


Kiyoshi Kurokawa, a professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo who chairs the panel, said it may seize internal Tepco documents to investigate this critical question.


According to an interim report compiled by this panel in December, Masao Yoshida, then the chief director of the No. 1 plant, considered evacuating most of the workers late on the night of March 14.


Yoshida worried that melted fuel could soon penetrate the containment vessel and massive amounts of radioactive materials would be released into the outside environment.


Published: May 31st, 2012 at 2:36 am ET


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20 comments to Japan Times: Lead investigator says Tepco internal documents may be seized

  • nedlifromvermont

    We need lots of investigations in the Japan Diet, in Congress, etc.

    Especially we need to investigate the toady regulators at the NRC who work the system, shut off their monitors, go "La la la la la" with their fingers in their ears when truth is spoken to them, and relicense Pilgrim with its many hundred tons of spent fuel crammed in its vulnerable FOOL POOL, and can't bring themselves to demand that Entergy remove even one lousy spent fuel assembly NOT ONE!!!

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Massive amounts of radioactive materials "were" released into the environment ..including killer plutonium. And all because man can't control atomic power. Can't be controlled.

  • nedlifromvermont

    … (continued) if this toothless, corrupt, and fully captive agency (US NRC) cannot bring themselves to admit their beloved industry is NOT NECESSARY, NOT CHEAP, NOT WITHOUT A CARBON FOOTPRINT, NO LONGER MODERN AND EXCITING, and above all REALLY REALLY REALLY NOT SAFE … then why do we need schools to teach us to think for ourselves? Why do we need government, led by a smooth talking, fresh faced Mulatto, to lie to us and exert "tyranny over the mind of man?"

    We here on ENENEWS hold these truths to be self-evident, that nuclear energy's time has passed; that it is time to shutter the reactors which were only ever needed so that we might waste electricity!!! (and build lots of cheap a-bombs ….) In the course of human events … Holy Shit there's three giant coriums boring down and going critical … radiation pollution everywhere, and the country's fixated on Justin Bieber and J-Lo's booty?? What a country!

    Peace all … Nighty-nite. Don't let the Radbugs bite. Keep up a stiff upper lip, and try to get to the bottom of it. We must not fear the Nucleofascists among us. Truly, they know not what they do! If only they'd listened to Albert! He tried to steer them away, but they would not hear of it! Megalomania = power drunk. Worldwide hangover. Sheesh … out.

    • arclight arclight


      great word!! liked the rest too! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • irradiatedinbako

      Ewwww Nedlifromvermont (isn't there a nedfromvermont here; not Nedli or has it always been nedli??) .. did you actually say .. "Mulatto"???

      .. umm .. like in the old days when white masters were allowed to rape black female slaves.

      I find it offensive personally.

      And if you think the opponent Romney has any eyes to decrease nukes you need to study his foreign and energy policy.

      Romney proposes dereg NRC to fast track new nukes and virtually knocking out the EPA and building up the military even at the expense of social issues.

      Look it up. It's well documented. Don't care actually who you vote for but …

      Stick to the facts and lose the sideways racial slur please.

  • Hemisfear311 Hemisfear311

    Unfortunately we have already seen how the Japanese government had "lost" all records of their meetings concerning Fukushima. It is not too hard to imagine what the diet will find when they show up to seize the records from Tepco – nothing!

  • arclight arclight

    breaking… err i mean shredding..!!

    Kimi Paper Shredder ( No 1 In Japan ) – 2600C

    ~ 17-19 Sheets Capacity ( 70g,A4 ) / 1 CD
    ~ Accept Paper Clip, Stapler, Credit Card & CD
    ~ Full Basket Warning ( 34 Liter Container Capacity )
    ~ Auto Start / Stop, Reverse
    ~ High Speed : 6.0M / Min Shred Speed
    ~ Auto Stop / Reverse If Paper Jam


    no 1 in japan eh? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    • Steven Steven

      Actually they prefer to burn stuff… revealing memos, radioactive waste, etc etc.

      • arclight arclight

        @ steven

        i am diplomatic

        so the furnaces are busy at the moment, maybe they have these shredders (no 1 in japan) to support the deletion of the facts..

        maybe recent earthquakes are thousands of the shredders setting up a kind of mechanical resonance that triggers these events?

        thats why they want the power plants back on i feel!
        to power the shredders!

        err i really gota go ๐Ÿ˜‰
        admin sighs with relief! ๐Ÿ™‚ lol!

  • Urban27

    The truth is that Tepco never let it's ordinary workers come back into work after the catastrophe. Instead they hired cheap uneducated day-time workers. These workers they find in a special market in Osaka – a market controlled by the Yakuza (the largest organized crime group in the world – wikipedia).
    When interviewed ordinary workers got the question: Who are these new workers, they answered: "We don't know, they are people from south of Japan"
    And these people still work in the Fukushima daichi plant.

  • aigeezer aigeezer

    One obvious way to interpret this news is that Tepco is being given a generous heads-up so it can get its story straight and massage its records.

    However, another interesting possibility is that the investigators have plenty of evidence stashed away and are baiting Tepco into altering documents – something like what the US government did to Martha Stewart a while back.

    โ€˜Itโ€™s not the crime, itโ€™s the cover-upโ€™, to quote Eliot Spitzer, who knows a thing or two about both.


    It won't stop the emissions from the plant though, no matter how it plays out. It's just one more diversion.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Yes, aigeezer, one has to wonder if it's just a heads-up to get the shredders ready to shred whatever documents are left. Do you think they have hidden all the cocktail napkins where they can't be found until they're burned or shredded?

  • PhilipUpNorth philipupnorth

    Capital Crimes were indeed committed at Fuku, and someone will surely pay. No. I guess we will all pay for these crimes. With our lives.

  • Arizonan Arizonan

    Yes that is what I thought – this announcement clearly gives TEPCO a chance to clean up yheir files!

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    If this is actually done (the seizure of the documents) and they actually find something, I'll have a party to celebrate.

  • odylan

    This is known in old Japanese wisdom as closing the stable door after the horse has bolted.

  • shiverca shiverca

    This news story is RIDICULOUS!!!!!

    WHy REPORT IT, you're just going to allow them time to delete anything they don't want you to see!!

    I'd be anything it's already been done.