Former Fukushima plant chief rushed to hospital with cerebral hemorrhage
Masao Yoshida, former manager of the Tokyo Electric Power Co’s stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was rushed to hospital last week to undergo surgery for a cerebral hemorrhage, TEPCO said Tuesday.
Yoshida, who was the on-site chief at the Fukushima plant when the earthquake and tsunami hit on March 11, remains in a stable condition after the surgery, TEPCO officials were quoted as saying by Sankei Shimbun.
Although he is still a corporate officer at TEPCO, Yoshida retired as plant chief in December due to being diagnosed with esophageal cancer.
Earlier this year, Yoshida gave a testimony in which he criticized the handling of the crisis at a Diet hearing of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission. He described how the problems in the days following the earthquake were exacerbated by communication failures and told the independent Diet panel, “The chain of command was a total mess.”
Doctors said that they do not believe the radiation to which Yoshida was exposed since 2010 is connected to the bleeding in his brain, Sankei reported.