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22:14 8 March 2016

TEPCO president apologizes for underestimating Fukushima situation

TOKYO, March 8, Kyodo

The president of Tokyo Electric Power Co. offered an apology Tuesday over the recent revelation that the company underestimated the severity of the accident at its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant after the complex was struck by a devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.

"It's true that we didn't follow the manual that specifies key markers on stages of core meltdown. We feel deep regret," Naomi Hirose said at a meeting of the House of Councillors Budget Committee.

The power company said last month that it could have determined a nuclear core meltdown occurred at the plant sooner than it did after it recently discovered its internal operational manual defines core meltdown as damage to more than 5 percent of a reactor core.

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