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Former TEPCO executives to face trial

May 24, 2017

Former TEPCO execs to be tried on June 30th




Three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, are to face trial next month for the March 2011 nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

Former TEPCO chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata and former vice presidents Ichiro Takekuro and Sakae Muto are accused of failing to take appropriate safety measures despite having been able to foresee that the plant would be inundated by tsunami waves.

They have been charged with professional negligence resulting in death or injury.

In 2013, public prosecutors decided not to press charges against the 3.

But they were indicted in February last year by court-appointed lawyers, after a prosecution inquest panel of randomly selected citizens voted to do so.

Preparations for the trial are underway at the Tokyo District Court.

The 3 former executives are expected to plead not guilty at their first hearing on June 30th.

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