TEPCO Chairman Katsumata and Executive Vice-Presidents Muto and Fujimoto attend a news conference at the company's head office in Tokyovia Japan Times / October 25, 2014 / Prosecutors have delayed for three months a decision on whether to charge three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co. for their handling of the 2011 Fukushima disaster, an official with a panel that requested the indictments said Friday.

The Tokyo District Prosecutor’s Office had been re-investigating the case after an independent judicial panel of citizens ruled in July that three former Tepco executives, including then-chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata, should be indicted over their handling of the world’s worst nuclear disaster since the 1986 Chernobyl explosion.

Prosecutors on Friday informed the Committee for the Inquest of Prosecution of its decision to extend the probe by three months through the end of January, saying it was too difficult to reach a decision by the end-of-October deadline.

By law, prosecutors can extend investigations for up to three months.

Prosecutors decided in September last year not to indict the former Tepco executives, including Katsumata, saying it had been beyond the company’s imagination to foresee the scale of the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 that triggered the nuclear crisis.

Residents had accused more than 30 Tepco and government officials of ignoring the risks of a natural disaster and failing to respond appropriately when crisis struck.

Source: Japan Times

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  1. Well now I’ve heard it all! Too difficult to reach a timely decision? And how much is this costing the had working people of Japan? Maybe this panel should be brought up on charges of showing favor to “special people”. I might add that whoever designed, built, and approved the building of a back up system that was below sea level ought to be on trial for gross negligence, incompetence, and willful endangerment.

  2. To ignore the expertise of the russian scientific community on this fukushima catastrophy is a blatant example of insensitivity to the CHENOBLE experience,any wonder that the WORLD COMMUNITY who ARE WATCHING this global event are not impressed with the JAPANESE executives at TEPCO …..We know the Russian scientists are highly advanced on this problem… …THE WORLD is ready for instant exchange of data with the NEW PARADIGM of mutual RESPECT for GLOBAL survival of the RACE…..ANY PROFITEERING from this event must be
    regarded as a criminal act and immediate incarceration of all individuals involved….NOONE is exempt from this behaviour,,,5 years jail…mandatory sentence Globally……Paul.W.

  3. “It had been beyond the company’s imagination to foresee the scale of the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 that triggered the nuclear crisis”.

    If that is so, the company has a pitifully small capacity for imagination. I’m not a geologist or a nuclear specialist, but I have been saying for years that the nuclear facilities are dangerous, given Japan’s tendencies for suffering natural disasters, and I’ve been asking people, for years, what would happen in the event of a tsunami.

    The response when I asked how people had prepared? “Oh, shut up, we don’t want to think about it”. The response is head-in-the-sand. My conclusion is that these people are either massively in denial, intellectually inadequate for the job, or just plain ruthless.

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