Tokyo Electric and Power Co., or TEPCO BANS WOMEN and LIMITS INTERNATIONAL MEDIA from press tour of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant on Nov 11 & 12:
This is a tidbit of news that will most likely be breaking soon.
On Nov. 12 there will be a first time ever scheduled press tour of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi power plant. This is a press tour arranged mostly for Japanese media. Only a handful of foreign media (4 to be exact) are being allowed to attend, and under strict rules. Mainly, only one foreign journalist from each media pool will be allowed in: pen, still photo, TV, radio.
But in addition to this very tight pool, TEPCO has boldly laid down the following:
- No women will be allowed on this tour.
- Video footage and still photos will be reviewed and if anything deemed confidential will need to be DELETED on site by TEPCO personnel. The reason given for this is security against terrorist threats.
Listed below is the terms TEPCO has given to the Foreign Press in Japan organization (FPIJ):
- In consideration of conditions at the nuclear power station, we ask that women refrain from applying.
- Due to protection measures against nuclear materials, only the delegated still camera operators and video camera operators will be allowed to shoot inside of the nuclear power station. All camera operators will, however, be allowed to shoot at J-Village.
- Due to protection measures against nuclear materials, shooting inside of the nuclear power station may be restricted during certain times. Moreover, please kindly note that TEPCO staff will check the video or images taken inside of the facility, and if it is decided that said material may create problems from the perspective of protection measures against nuclear materials, please be noted in advance that we will ask that the material in question be deleted on the spot. (Please bring handheld, data-based video cameras. Do not bring video cameras that use videotapes.)
- Please make sure to bring photo identification (driver’s license, passport, Basic Resident Register Card with photo, or Alien Registration Card) with you, as you must present it when entering the nuclear power station. You will not be able to enter the nuclear power station without a valid photo identification.
- You must submit a prior application for approval for all articles to be brought into the nuclear power station. Please fill in the necessary fields of the attached “Checklist for Articles to be Carried into the Radiation-Controlled Area” and return it together with the completed application. As a rule, articles not included on the checklist will not be allowed in.
- Even covered you may become contaminated during the visit to the nuclear power station, so please bring an extra pair of shoes just in case.
- We ask that all staff wear a company badge, armband, or other form of identification while operating at J-Village.
- Please follow the instructions of authorized personnel while covering the visit
2011-11-02 14:02:10 UTC