TEPCO executives abandoned Tokyo headquarters as Fukushima Daiichi disaster continued to unfold

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This week TEPCO allowed reporters access to computers at its Tokyo headquarters to watch 150 hours of footage which has not been made available to the public at this time.  News reports say the footage further illustrates the levels of tension and confusion during the unfolding crisis at Fukushima Daiichi, and how hastily crucial decisions were made.

One example took place on March 12th, 2011, at the crisis taskforce headquarters in Tokyo, when then-TEPCO president Masataka Shimizu and most other executives left the facilities as the emergency continued to unfold, leaving only a few engineers to offer support services to handle the emergency.

On March 14th, 2011, Fukushima Daiichi plant manager Yoshida communicated to central headquarters headquarters, “I’d like to report that employees are in a state of shock after not being able to prevent the two explosions. We are feeling down, all of us. We do what we can, but morale is hurt pretty badly.”

90 Minute video released by TEPCO

Source: The Japan Times

Source: NHK

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Source: The Japan Times

 

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