Reconstruction HQ to be in J-Village

JIJI

Tokyo Electric Power Co. will locate its reconstruction headquarters at the J-Village national soccer training center near the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, sources said Thursday.

The selection reflects Tepco’s intention to highlight its resolve to contain the crisis and make the headquarters a symbol of the reconstruction of tsunami-hit coastal areas.

The utility had considered locating the headquarters in the city of Fukushima.

J-Village, which straddles the towns of Naraha and Hirono, has been a base for workers dealing with the nuclear calamity.

Tepco Executive Vice President Yoshiyuki Ishizaki will be the chief representative of the reconstruction headquarters, which is scheduled to be launched in January.

It will take over some duties of the utility’s head office in Tokyo to compensate people and businesses for damage from the nuclear crisis.

Following the launch of the headquarters, Tepco will increase the number of employees working in Fukushima to some 4,000 from the current 3,500, the sources said.