2011/04/01

頑張れる?【東日本大震災/発生から22日目】


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Naoto Kan, Japan’s prime minister, has dismissed speculation that his government plans to nationalise the utility at the centre of Japan’s nuclear crisis, saying it should continue as a private business for now.

The future of power company Tokyo Electric Power has been increasingly in question since a huge earthquake and tsunami knocked out vital safety systems at its Fukushima Daiichi atomic plant on March 11, sparking the worst nuclear accident in a quarter of a century.

Last week, Tepco secured $25bn from three of Japan’s largest banks in emergency funding, but has since said it will ask the government for further financial support.

At a press conference to mark the end of the third week since the disaster, Mr Kan said Tepco might need state help to meet the “various compensation obligations” likely to result from a series of serious radiation leaks from the crippled plant.

However, Mr Kan – who, alongside his cabinet colleagues, had for the first time switched the blue workmen’s jackets worn during the crisis to normal business attire – stressed that the government currently had no plans to take control of the utility, which has seen its shares lose more than three quarters of their value since March 11...........

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