Fukushima Anniversary - ethecon calls for punishment of TEPCO executives

One year after the onset of the nuclear desaster in Fukushima we have yet to see any substantial consequences dealt to the people responsible for this maximum credible accident. A few managers were replaced by the operating company TEPCO. Now the Japanese government has decided to make further payments to the company dependent on the replacement of all 17 directors. However, there is no talk of criminal charges.

ethecon - Foundation Ethics & Economics demands that the major share holders be held liable for damages and the decision makers of the energy company be subject to criminal charges. Without the faulty decisions of these executives, the nuclear catastrophe may never have happened. These decisions led to the now known structural defects and cost cuts in safety and maintenance. „For them, profit was more important than the protection of the population and the environment“ - this was the comment given by ethecon chairman Axel Köhler-Schnura. „The company´s managers must be held accountable for the humanitarian catastrophe they caused.“

In some places in Japan radioactivity is higher than in Chernobyl – at the same time, the situation at the Fukushima-Daiichi power plant is by no means under controll. The company‚s managers haven‘t learned a lesson from the desaster. They are still playing down recent incidents and the amount of radiation coming from the plant.

ethecon is asking for a big turn-out at the major demonstrations being held on Sunday, March 11, under the motto „Fukushima warns: turn off nuclear power plants now!“ In addition, in observance of the anniversary numerous information and memorial events are to take place this weekend.

Last November Foundation ethecon castigated chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata, former president Masataka Shimizu und current president Toshio Nishizawa as well as the major shareholders of the energy provider TEPCO with the International ethecon Black Planet Award 2011. It is planned to present the actual award to the criticized executives in Tokyo during international protest actions this year in June in Japan.

A comprehensive justification statement for the choice of the Internationalen Black Planet Award 2011 recipients may be found in the dossier on TEPCO in the download section of the website www.ethecon.org. A summary is in the Open Letter.

Foundation ethecon is above all known through the annual bestowal of its International ethecon Blue/ Black Planet Awards in Berlin. With its positive prizes ethecon honoured in past years Diane Wilson/USA (2006), Vandana Shiva/India (2007), José Abreu und Hugo Chávez/Venezuela (2008), Uri Avnery/Israel (2009), Elias Bierdel/Austria (2010) as well as Angela Davis/USA (2011). The censure awards went to the owners, shareholders and executive management of the following companies: Monsanto/USA (2006), Nestlé/Switzerland(2007), Blackwater (Xe)/USA (2008), Formosa Plastics Group/Taiwan (2009), BP/Great Britain (2010) and TEPCO/Japan (2011).

In contrast to many corporate, family, church, political and state foundations, ethecon is one of the few foundations empowered by ordinary citizens. There are currently 27 endowment contributors. Following the credo „for a world without exploitation and oppression“, it see its mission in its responsibility toward coming generations. The young foundation is financed through endowment contributions, donations and sustaining memberships.

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