Prosecutors open criminal probes into Fukushima nuclear disaster

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The Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office opened criminal probes into the Fukushima nuclear disaster, acting in response to four criminal complaints of causing deaths and injury through professional negligence against TEPCO executives and government officials.

Last month, a government panel report concluded the Fukushima disaster was triggered by the earthquake and tsunami, was “man-made”, and could have been prevented.  The report revealed that crisis was worsened by a failure to take adequate precautions at the plant, which was the result of “collusion” among the government, regulators and TEPCO.

Although over 20 complaints over the crisis have already been submitted to district prosecutors offices across the country, prosecutors have yet to address them because they did not want to impact previous investigations and panels into the disaster.

Source: Yomiuri

Source: JiJi Press

Source: Reuters

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