15 Juin 2013
June 15, 2013
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Friday that one of its employees has lost documents that include the personal information of 22 individuals who have applied for compensation related to the triple-meltdown crisis at its Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, adding that this was not the first case of mishandling.
“We deeply apologize for causing trouble,” a Tepco official told reporters, explaining that the employee, a man in his 40s, left the documents on a train when returning home Tuesday. The utility has not received reports of any inappropriate use of the personal information.
Tepco revealed that there have been around 60 cases involving the mishandling of personal information related to compensation claims and it had decided to disclose the latest case because it has not been able to contact all of the 22 individuals involved.
The individuals include evacuees from the town of Futaba, where the Fukushima plant is located.
According to Tepco officials, the documents included the individuals’ names and addresses, and the details of their compensation claims. The employee noticed Wednesday morning that he had left his bag containing the documents on the train the previous day.
Tepco reported the incident to police, but the documents have not been found.