Red-faced officials issued an apology to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday after misspelling his name on the suit he wore during his second tour of the battered Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.
Abe was given a specially printed suit to protect him from radiation during Thursday’s tour, on which he was accompanied by a large media contingent.
But plant manager Tokyo Electric Power Co., which has been lambasted internationally for what critics say is its hapless handling of the 2011 meltdowns, used the wrong kanji for “be” in “Abe.”
His name was also printed on the back of the suit, but footage showed it was spelled correctly.
The utility was pilloried Friday on Twitter over the gaffe.
“It was a typing error,” a Tepco spokesman said. “We are very sorry for the mistake. We sincerely apologize to the prime minister for printing an inaccurate name.”
Tepco has repeatedly come under fire for bumbling the cleanup at the plant, with one minister describing it as akin to playing “whack-a-mole.”