Court To Question Ex - Tepco Executives

Court to question ex-TEPCO executives

A court in Tokyo will start questioning three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Company on Tuesday about the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident.

The 3 defendants are former TEPCO Chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata and former Vice Presidents Ichiro Takekuro and Sakae Muto. They are accused of professional negligence resulting in death.

The trial began in June of last year. The focal point is whether a massive tsunami that hit the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant was predictable, as well as whether the accident could have been prevented if necessary measures had been taken.

The 3 defendants maintain their innocence, saying they could not anticipate the accident.

The court has sat 29 times so far hearing the case, and 21 people have testified. It has heard testimony saying the utility held off on taking measures to secure the plant even after learning about the possibility of 15.7-meter tsunami striking the facility.

The court will start questioning former Vice President Muto on Tuesday.