To tell the honest truth, most people on the internet (especially those people who aren’t Japanese or don’t live in Japan or haven’t studied the situation intensively) don’t know much about the meltdowns at Fukushima Dai-ichi Power Plant, and the situation surrounding them.
One basic thing I repeat is that Fukushima Dai-ichi Power Plant was owned by Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO.) The plant supplied electricity to the Tokyo region. So why is the plant called Fukushima Dai-ichi? It’s name came about because it was located in Fukushima. Most likely, it was built here in Fukushima probably because Fukushima is a rural area, because we’re not a rich area and people need jobs here, because…. Well, lots of reasons.
You can probably think of your own reasons why a huge city would put it nuclear power plants far, far away from the huge city itself.
We in Fukushima get our electricity from Tohoku Electric Power Company (confusingly, it also has the acryonym TEPCO.) Tohoku is the name of this northern region in live in. It’s “off-the-beaten-track” for tourists from the United States, definitely. I rarely see other westerners.
THIS IS A LEAD-IN POST TO TOMORROW’S POST. TOMORROW’S POST WILL CONCERN THE CURRENT SCANDAL AT KANSAI’S POWER PLANT.
I think the first thing to know is the names of all the regional electric power companies in Japan.
According to the Wiki article https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/日本の電力会社 these are the regional electric power companies in Japan:
Hokkaido Electric Power Company
Tohoku Electric Power Company
Tokyo Electric Power Company
Hokuriku Electric Power Company
Chubu Electric Power Company
Kansai Electric Power Company
Chogoku Electric Power Company
Shikoku Electric Power Company
Kyushyu Electric Power Company
Okinawa Electric Power Company
The geography of these companies is from north to south.