Japan panel investigating unanswered questions surrounding the Fukushima disaster

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A Japanese Diet-appointed panel is investigating the details surrounding the Fukushima nuclear disaster to try to determine who is telling the truth about a key phase in the Fukushima nuclear disaster: politicians or TEPCO.

Multiple officials have accused TEPCO of trying to make the crisis appear “less serious” than it actually was, yet no one offers any solutions on how to hold the utility accountable in its reporting of the disaster.

One of the key questions the public is waiting to hear more information on is whether or not TEPCO wanted to desert Fukushima plant at the height of the crisis.

TEPCO denied the company had any plans to desert the stricken plant, but this has been a serious point of contention after multiple officials confirmed their understandings of TEPCO’s request.

Sources have told The Asahi Shimbun that Masataka Shimizu, TEPCO’s president at the time, called Kaieda and Edano on the night of March 14 to request the pullout of TEPCO workers.

In a recent interview Edano said, “If they were only thinking about partial evacuation, there would have been no need to call me in the first place.”

Another key question is why the central government and TEPCO were unable to sufficiently grasp the extent of the accident as it was unfolding.

On May 17, politicians will be summoned to the Diet’s Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission to give their side of the story.

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