A quick look at the people, corporations, government agencies and organizations involved in the Fukushima Dai-ichi disaster and subsequent cleanup efforts
Tsunehisa Katsumata – Chairman of TEPCO
Masataka Shimizu – President of TEPCO
Naohiro Masuda – Leader of TEPCO FDEC
Yuhei Sato – Governor of Fukushima
Naoto Kan – Japanese Prime Minister (2010-2011)
Yoshihiko Noda – Japanese Minister of Finance (2010–2011), Prime Minister of Japan (2011–2012)
Shinzo Abe – Japanese Prime Minister (since 2012)
Toshimitsu Motegi – Japanese Trade Minister
Yotaro Hatamura – Chairperson of the Investigation Committee on the Accident at Fukushima
Kiyoshi Kurokawa – Chairperson of the NAIIC
Gregory Jaczko – Chairman of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission at the time of the crisis
TEPCO – Tokyo Electric and Power Company – owner of the stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi plant
FDEC – Fukushima Daiichi D& D Engineering Company, formed by TEPCO to focus on the cleanup efforts
Kajima Corp – Japanese super contractor, constructed workers’ shelters at the site
Kurion – US company contracted to assist in the containment and cleanup of radioactive water
AREVA – This French / multinational group is the world’s largest nuclear energy company
Veolia Water – A French environmental / water services company. Along with AREVA, they were involved in treating the contaminated water.
Hitachi – Developed robots to detect water leakage points and nuclear fuel conditions at the disaster site.
Toshiba – Builder of 2 of the damaged reactors. Their trouble-prone ALPS (Advanced Liquid Processing System) system was used in the cleanup.
General Electric – Designed and built 5 of the 6 reactors at the stricken plant. In 2014, they (along with Hitachi and Toshiba, who supplied some of the units) were named in a joint lawsuit claiming that they knew prior to March 11 that there were serious issues with the General Electric Mark 1 units.
Government and Regulatory Agencies
JAEA – Japan Atomic Energy Agency – Formed in 2005 by the merger of two semi-governmental agencies, the JAEA is primarily a nuclear research organization.
Investigation Committee on the Accident at Fukushima – formed by japanese gov 6/2011 to investigate the the March nuclear disaster. This is a 10 member government appointed panel, made up of scholars, journalists, lawyers and engineers
NAIIC – National Diet of Japan Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission – an independent investigational commission formed by statuatory law enacted by Japan’s legislature (“Diet”) in October, 2011.
Japanese Nuclear Safety Commission – Independent government agency responsible for nuclear safety administration.
IAEA – International Atomic Energy Agency – the agency which created the INES scale – a tool for classifying and communicating the severity of nuclear incidents
Nuclear Energy Institute – A nuclear lobbying group