by John Hofilena / via Japan Daily Press / April 1, 2013 /
Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) has come out and publicly said on Friday that it deserves a majority of the blame for the Fukushima nuclear disaster, a very strong statement about the company’s shortcomings in the crisis if compared to the conclusions it made in its earlier investigation reports. The company was willing acknowledge that the it was ill prepared to deal with March 2011’s massive earthquake and the resulting tsunami, and that its crisis management processes were inadequate to deal with the resulting situations.
“Our safety culture, skills and ability were all insufficient,” TEPCO President Naomi Hirose said in a news conference. “We must humbly accept our failure to prevent the accident, which we should have avoided by using our wisdom and human resources to be better prepared.” The recent statement also admitted that TEPCO’s equipment and safety provisions were inadequate, and that more importantly, the meltdowns could have and should have been avoided.