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TEPCO to reveal footage of Kan scolding officials

Tokyo Electric Power Co plans to disclose in-house video footage recorded during the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster.



Tokyo: Tokyo Electric Power Co plans to disclose in-house video footage recorded during the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster, including footage of then prime minister Naoto Kan fiercely scolding utility officials at its head office in Tokyo, a senior utility official has said.

The footage was recorded through the company`s teleconference system that connected the head office and the nuclear complex in Fukushima Prefecture, the official said yesterday.

The scene with Kan shows exchanges over what he believed was a request by the utility to withdraw all its workers from the plant at the height of the crisis.

The utility known as TEPCO has been reluctant to make the footage public, citing privacy concerns.

But it has apparently now bowed to pressure from Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Yukio Edano, who has repeatedly called for the video footage to be disclosed.

"We have no way but to make it public," the senior TEPCO official said. (Kyodo)

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