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Nuclear evacuees round on Tepco head

Thursday, May 05, 2011 - 02:05

May 5 - Japan's nuclear crisis evacuees drop national tradition of politeness, accuse Tepco president of lying and poor support. Arnold Gay reports.

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NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4 BY 3 MATERIAL Japan's nuclear crisis evacuees dropped a long-held Japanese tradition for politeness Wednesday, with a hostile reception for Tepco President Masataka Shimizu. In contrast to his first visit, when evacuees pleaded for a quick end to the crisis, criticism this time round was pointed. One evacuation centre resident accused him of lying outright. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) UNIDENTIFIED MALE EVACUEE SAYING: "You always said that there couldn't be an accident. It didn't matter if there was an earthquake, there wouldn't be another Chernobyl is what you kept saying. Was that a lie? Did you lie to us?" Shimizu remained stoic as the unidentified evacuee pressed repeatedly for an answer. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) TOKYO ELECTRIC POWER COMPANY (TEPCO) PRESIDENT MASATAKA SHIMIZU SAYING AND BOWING: "I just want to say that we are doing everything that we can, and that I want to apologize from the very bottom of my heart. I am deeply sorry." Others rounded on him for the poor support Tepco has provided so far, to residents affected by the evacuation and loss of income. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) UNIDENTIFIED MALE EVACUEE SAYING: "And what was sent as aid? A box full of bread with Tokyo Electric Power Company written on the side. You just sent one box, and the bread you did send had an expiration date on the next day." Some residents also felt the Tepco head should have paid his respects to the dead first, before visiting evacuees. Meantime, Tepco workers are preparing to go back into reactor number one at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant Thursday, to install duct pipes and ventilation systems meant to filter out radioactive material in the air. This would be the first time workers are entering the reactor, since an explosion blew the roof off the reactor on March 12. Arnold Gay, Reuters

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Nuclear evacuees round on Tepco head

Thursday, May 05, 2011 - 02:05