I’ve had my doubts over whether TEPCO has been entirely forthcoming in reporting the status of its reactors. Apparently the Japanese government shares my concern. As ABC News reported this morning:
The Japanese government has revealed it had to learn key developments about the crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant through media reports.
The news highlights tensions between the plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co, and the Japanese government.
Speaking at a news conference today, Japan’s chief cabinet secretary said he was unaware that the cooling system at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant had been shut down manually.
Yukio Edano says he learnt about the development in today’s media reports.
He says he will seek an explanation from TEPCO about how and why the manual shutdown went ahead.