The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency on Tuesday began
carrying out special inspections of Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s
Fukushima No. 1 and No. 2 nuclear power plants in Fukushima
Prefecture and the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant in Niigata
The inspections, being carried out because of the
falsification of inspection reports from the plants by the
firm, will be conducted over seven weeks, four weeks longer
than regular inspections, which are held four times a year.
During the inspections, the officials will examine every
item designated in the agency's safety regulations, especially
the firm's decision-making system, reporting process and
safety evaluation procedure.
Yoshihiro Fuchigami, the agency's head inspector, and six
officials stationed at No. 1 Fukushima plant are inspecting
Fuchigami said the inspections were being carried out as
part of special administrative measures to reprimand the firm
for its false reports.
"We are authorized to question anyone, inspect all data and
visit any place in the plant," he said.
Meanwhile, seven inspectors, including Takao Ishiwatari,
the agency's head inspector stationed at the
Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant, began examining the facility in