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TEPCO President Visits Angry Fukushima Evacuees

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Tokyo Electric Power Company President Masataka Shimizu has paid his first visit to an evacuation center. Although overt displays of emotion are frowned upon in Japanese culture, the evacuees made their feelings very clear.

The much-criticized president of Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO), Masataka Shimizu, visited an evacuation center for the first time since last month's earthquake and tsunami, kneeling and bowing deeply to the evacuees.

Few evacuees at the Koriyama center raised their voices to him, but most did not shy from giving him their opinion.

"We want to go home as soon as possible. Do something about it."

"Think about what you would do if this was happening to your family. Think about this when you are trying to resolve the problem. Please."

Overt displays of emotion are frowned upon in Japanese culture, but some were not hiding their anger. One man told Japanese broadcaster TV Tokyo exactly what he thought.

"What's the point, he's too late. I wouldn't forgive him even if he was dead."

Others displayed their disdain with their body language, forcing Shimizu to sit on the floor while they sat on a chair with their arms folded.

"We really just need you to please contain the nuclear reactor."

Shimizu's company has been accused of downplaying the dangers and ignoring warnings about the risk of a quake and tsunami striking the plant, and reacting poorly to the damage.

Shimizu told reporters it will take time for TEPCO to regain the trust of the people.

[Masataka Shimizu, TEPCO President]:
"I am very aware after hearing today that the relationship and trust we have built up with locals has totally collapsed. So it is very important that we now find ways to rebuild this trust, even if it takes a long time to do so."

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