the company at the centre of Japan’s worst nuclear crisis acknowledged yesterday for the just time that it could have avoided the disaster that crippled the Fukushima Daiichi power plant last year. In a reversal of its insistence that nothing could have protected the plant against the earthquake and tsunami that lulled almost 20,000 people on 11 March, Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) said it had known safety improvements were needed before the disaster but had failed to implement them.
the company could have taken steps to prevent a catastrophic accident by adopting more extensive safety measures, the statement added.
The crisis forced the evacuation of 150,000 residents, most of whom have yet to return home, and led Japan to announce it would and its reliance on nuclear every, although it has since dropped its deadline to phase out atomic power by 2040.’
from The Guardian, 16 October 2012