Date: 7/8/2011 JST
Toshio Manabe, president of Kyushu Electric Power Co., talks to reporters at a news conference July 6. (Wataru Sekita)
|Toshio Manabe, president of Kyushu Electric Power Co., said July 7 that he intends to resign after the utility was found to have instructed employees to manipulate public opinion on nuclear power.|
Manabe said he will take responsibility for instructing employees to send "pro-nuclear power" e-mails to organizers of a public hearing broadcast on television in late June.
The program was sponsored by the central government to solicit opinions from residents of Saga Prefecture on a proposal to restart two reactors at Kyushu Electric's Genkai nuclear power plant in Saga Prefecture.
According to Kyushu Electric, a senior company official on June 22 sent e-mails to employees and employees of subsidiaries instructing them to send messages to the program with a "pro-restarting" point of view. The e-mails were sent under the company name.
An e-mail instructing Kyushu Electric Co. and its subsidiary employees to send pro-nuclear reactor opinions to a television program (The Asahi Shimbun)
|The e-mailed instructions also stated that e-mails to the program should be sent from personal accounts, not the company's, apparently to hide the fact that the senders were connected to Kyushu Electric.|
Manabe said he will make a final decision next week after discussing the matter with Shingo Matsuo, company chairman.
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