5 Years in Prison Sought for Ex-TEPCO Execs over Nuclear Accident

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Tokyo, Dec. 26 (Jiji Press)--Lawyers acting as prosecutors demanded on Wednesday that three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. <9501> each be sentenced to five years in prison over the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident.

The three--former Chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata, 78, and former vice presidents Ichiro Takekuro, 72, and Sakae Muto, 68--did not act though they were aware of possible tsunami, the acting prosecutors said in their closing statement at Tokyo District Court.

The former TEPCO executives were indicted by the acting prosecutors in 2016, after a prosecution inquest panel reversed the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office's decision not to file criminal charges against them.

According to the indictment, the three could foresee gigantic tsunami hitting TEPCO's Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant but neglected to take related measures, leading to the company's failure to prevent the tsunami-triggered meltdown.

They are accused of professional negligence resulting in death and injury, including the deaths of 44 inpatients at a nearby hospital.

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