Tepco trio face charges for failing to act to prevent ’11 meltdown debacle


Three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co. are set to be indicted Monday for allegedly failing to take measures to prevent the tsunami-triggered disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

The three execs facing charges of professional negligence resulting in death and injury are Tsunehisa Katsumata, 75, chairman of Tepco at the time, and two former vice presidents — Sakae Muto, 65, and Ichiro Takekuro, 69.

After prosecutors dropped their charges, the Committee for the Inquest of Prosecution, an independent committee of citizens, overturned the decision in July 2015, saying the three were responsible on grounds that they were able to foresee the risks of major tsunami prior to the disaster.

The three will be indicted but will not be taken into custody. They are likely to plead not guilty.

Tsunami triggered by the massive earthquake on March 11, 2011, flooded power supply facilities, crippling the cooling systems of some of the reactors.

The committee also said the three were responsible for the death of 44 hospital patients who evacuated amid harsh conditions amid radioactive fallout fears.

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