Fukushima local government asked TEPCO to spread words not to worry over health hazard after nuclear power explosion
The Fukushima prefectural government had asked TEPCO to write in its press release that "there is no need to worry about health hazards" right after the March 14 explosion of reactor No.3 at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The government's request was revealed through a video recording of TEPCO's in-house TV conference, which was made open for viewing only to the press on August 8.
In the video, TEPCO's PR officer is seen reporting to another officer from the company headquarter that he received such a request from the Fukushima Governor. In response, the headquarter officer showed reluctance and such an expression was never included in the press release.
An officer at the prefectural government's nuclear power safety division said they do not know how it happened, but it is not unusual for the government to give advise or opinion about TEPCO's press release.
<Kahoku Shimpo August 9, 2012>