Tokyo Electric Power Company

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The Tokyo Electric Power Company is the semi-nationalised operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which in March 2011 suffered a tsunami-induced triple meltdown resulting in the world's largest nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986.


In August 2013, after two-and-a-half years after the tsunami struck, the Financial Times reported that the 'effort to decommission the stricken Fukushima plant continues to resemble an episode of the Keystone Kops'.

A rat gnawed through a cable, causing a dangerous power outage. In July, after months of obfuscation, Tokyo Electric Power, the semi-nationalised operator, admitted the plant was leaking radioactive water into the ocean. This month the government stepped in to contain the leak with an untested process to freeze the ground around the plant. Current estimates suggest it will take decades and cost more than $10bn to decommission Fukushima. So much for cheap nuclear fuel. [1]


Nuclear Reform Monitoring Committee

Includes several overseas nuclear experts appointed by Tepco to improve its safety culture.

UK lobbying firms

Resources and Notes




  • Fukushima leak questions handling of nuclear plant crisis, Reporter Mark Willacy, 7.30 Report, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, screened 19 September 2013, 6mins 48s. Powerful progamme on the impact on local fishing industry, and footage from inside TEPCO's Dai-ichi nuclear plant.