Panel: Kyushu Electric destroyed evidence, NHK, August 10, 2011:
A panel investigating attempts by Kyushu Electric Power Company to manipulate public opinion via an e-mail scam says that the utility has destroyed evidence related to the probe.
The panel was set up after workers at Kyushu Electric and its affiliates were found to have sent e-mails in favor of restarting the Genkai nuclear plant in Saga Prefecture during a government meeting with local residents in June.
Panel head Nobuo Gohara told reporters on Tuesday that the utility destroyed documents related to its activities in 2005 to try to win public support for using plutonium-uranium mixed-oxide fuel at the plant. [...]
Kyushu Electric Power destroyed documents on pluthermal plant proposal, panel claims, Mainichi Daily News, August 10, 2011:
[...] On Aug. 5, [Akira Nakamura, the deputy head of Kyushu's nuclear energy division] also allegedly ordered the disposal of documents on the pluthermal project kept at Kyushu Electric’s Saga branch, which the third-party panel sought.
But a tip from a whistle-blower prompted the third-party panel to retrieve 15 files left at a disposal site.
Nakamura told the Kagoshima Prefectural Assembly on July 4 just before the staged e-mail scandal surfaced that there was no such e-mail campaign scheme.
Published: August 10th, 2011 at 6:02 pm ET