Fukushima Firm Misspells Japanese PM’s Name in High-Profile Plant Tour

TEPCO apologizes for using the wrong character in emblazoning Shinzo Abe’s name on his radiation suit.

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe inspects an area along the coast between the No. 1 and No. 2 reactors during his tour to the Fukushima nuclear power plant in September.

What’s in a name? Sometimes, a lot.

The Japanese firm responsible for cleanup at the damaged Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant has apologized for misspelling the Japanese PM’s name on the radiation suit he wore on a recent tour of the facility, Australia’s ABC News reports.

“It was a typing error,” said an official from TEPCO, the company that owns the Fukushima plant. TEPCO has come under fire in recent months over its alleged mishandling of the cleanup effort at Fukushima, where radioactive water has been found leaking from storage tanks.

According to ABC, TEPCO was lambasted in social media over the gaffe. “They can’t get anything right, can they?” one Twitter user said.

Abe’s visit to Fukushima was part of a wider public relations offensive. Tokyo won the right to host the 2020 Olympic Games earlier this month.

[ABC News]