The new president of Tokyo Electric has vowed to shake up the disgraced utility in comments that highlight Tepco’s failure to transform its culture since the Fukushima nuclear disaster six years ago. Tomoaki Kobayakawa, who will take up the role of president at the company’s annual meeting this month, said Tepco suffers from a silo mentality, poor internal communication and ambiguity about who is responsible for performance.
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Tokyo Electric Power Co will work with local government to review the safety of its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant, which could mean a later restart date than planned originally, the company’s incoming CEO said. The Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant, the world’s biggest nuclear power plant, has been completely offline since 2012 while its safety procedures are reviewed. Ryuichi Yoneyama, the governor of Niigata prefecture in north west Japan where the plant is located, has said he will not discuss the restart until the review is completed. This includes a review of the plant’s safety, evacuation plans, plus the impact on health of the radiation released from Fukushima, which could take until 2020 at the earliest.
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