An official of the government was the one who ordered the sending of fake e-mails last June in order to influence the public opinion on the future of nuclear power, according to a new investigation.
The e-mails originated from the Kyushu Electric Power nuclear operator, which apparently acted under the instructions of the governor of Saga Prefecture, according to an independent investigative committee.
The company had already admitted it asked some of its employees to pose as regular citizen and send e-mail messages during a public hearing broadcasted on TV to ask for a restart of the utility’s nuclear reactors.
Yasushi Furukawa, the governor of Saga Prefecture, did not admit to the new accusations, claiming that his remarks during a private meeting in June had been misunderstood by a Kyushu Electric vice president.
The same topic has already led to the forced resignation of a local lawmaker in Saga, who admitted taking donations from Kyushu Electric before heading a panel in the prefectural assembly that was also discussing whether to allow the restart of the reactors.
"There is growing suspicion that power companies are playing fast and loose with data to support their cause and will go so far as to orchestrate public support," Jeffrey Kingston, a director of Asian studies at Temple University’s All Japan news campus, explained the context.
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