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Saturday, 21 May 2011
The President of the embattled operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant has quit following months of withering criticism over his handling of the planet's worst atomic crisis since Chernobyl.
Bowing in front of a packed press conference, Masataka Shimizu apologised to the nation yesterday before announcing his widely expected resignation. "I will step down to take managerial responsibility for undermining confidence in nuclear power and causing trouble for society," he said as his successor, Toshio Nishizawa, looked on. Mr Nishizawa, a managing director, will officially take over in June. Mr Shimizu sparked particular anger with his widely ridiculed performance during the worst of the crisis. He disappeared from public view in March, later emerging from hospital after apparently being treated for hypertension and stress.
Tepco's President Quits In Wake Of Nuclear Crisis
Itsuo Inouye/ AP - Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) President Masataka Shimizu (left) said Friday he was stepping down in disgrace after reporting the biggest losses in company history
Which was also the case with TMI and Chernobyl, in fact those disasters could have even greater incompetence attributed to them since they were completely man-made. At least nature played a role in the Japan disaster. And their biggest incompetence in Japan wasn't recently, but 30 years ago when they designed the and built the plant in a tsunami-prone area with inadequate protection against tsunamis in the design.
Originally posted by here4awhile
just more proof they don't know what they're doing
Originally posted by Arbitrageur
Once the disaster happened, I doubt anyone on Earth was competent to deal with it. It's overwhelming. Still, some could do better than others.