Ex-TEPCO Chairman Apologizes for Nuclear Accident


Tokyo, Oct. 30 (Jiji Press)--Tsunehisa Katsumata, former chairman of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. <9501>, apologized in court Tuesday for the March 2011 triple reactor meltdown at the company's Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

"I deeply apologize as a person who served as president and chairman" of the company, Katsumata, 78, said at Tokyo District Court.

Katsumata is one of the three former TEPCO executives charged with professional negligence resulting in death and injury in connection with the nuclear accident caused by tsunami that struck the plant following a powerful earthquake on March 11, 2011.

Asked about the role of president at TEPCO, Katsumata said, "Each department does its job based on authority granted, and I attached importance to ensuring that each department shares information on important issues."

Regarding the role of chairman, he said he gave advice to the president when asked, but that the post has "no authority to execute operations."

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