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Japanese politicians propose splitting up TEPCO over Fukushima

A panel of Liberal Democratic politicians in Japan is planning to call for the split-up of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) after what it calls shortcomings in the plant operator’s handling of the restoration and cleanup at Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant.

According to reports in Japanese media, the Liberal Democratic Party panel will propose that TEPCO officials in charge of decommissioning four damaged reactors and dealing with contaminated water at Fukushima should be spun off.

This news comes after Hirohiko Izumida, the governor of Niigata Prefecture, said TEPCO could not be trusted to restart the nuclear reactors at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa, a nuclear power plant with nearly 8 GW of capacity.