Japanese prosecutors drop charges against TEPCO over nuclear meltdown disaster

Monday, March 24, 2014
By Paul Martin

by: J. D. Heyes
Monday, March 24, 2014

In a move that has shocked many inside and outside of the country, three years after the March 2011 nuclear reactor meltdowns at the Fukushima power plant, Japanese prosecutors have decided to drop all charges against Tokyo Electric Power Co., or TEPCO, which essentially means that no one will be held responsible for the disaster and its aftermath.

According to reports, there have been no deaths directly tied to radiation leaks following the meltdown and crippling of the plant in the wake of a 9.0 earthquake, which created a massive tsunami that slammed into the plant. However, July 2012 analysis results made by an independent investigative committee established by the Japanese government nonetheless found that the accident was a “man-made disaster” because of shortcomings in the Asian financial giant’s corporate culture, reported the Australian online edition of International Business Times, which continued:

Prosecutors however ruled that there was nothing wrong with how plant operator Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) and the government officials conducted their post-quake response given that it was an unexpected emergency situation. TEPCO surely cannot predict an earthquake and tsunami of that size, they said.

“Absolutely no-one is taking responsibility for this huge accident and when all these people are suffering,” Aileen Mioko-Smith, of Kyoto-based Green Action Japan, told The Telegraph newspaper in Britain.

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