Masataka Shimizu

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Masataka Shimizu (清水 政孝 Shimizu Masataka?, born June 23, 1944) was the president and chief executive officer of Japanese electric utility Tepco from 2008 to 2011. He was also a vice-chairman of Keidanren, the employers' federation of the companies of Japan,[1][2] until he stepped down after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.[3] On July 25, 2012 he became an outside director of Fuji Oil.[4][5]

Biography[edit]

He was born in June 23, 1944 in Kanagawa Prefecture, and graduated from Keio University in 1968. He was placed in charge of general affairs for Fukushima Daini Nuclear Power Plant in 1983. He was appointed president of Tepco in June, 2008.[6]

President of TEPCO[edit]

Before his presidency, the earthquake of Niigata in 2007 caused fire and radioactivity releases at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant, forcing the plant to shut down.[7] As a cost cutter, he was praised for improving profitability of the company.[8]

On January 18, 2011, Shimizu attended the annual meeting of World Economic Forum,[9] stating said that his company sought to provide a “stable supply of electricity and environmental protection”.[10]

After the Nuclear Crisis in Fukushima[edit]

Following Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, Shimizu remained inside the general headquarters for two weeks beginning on March 13, 2011, two days after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.[11] Because of his disappearance, rumors held that Shimizu had fled or committed suicide.[12]

An April 7, Shimizu resumed work after a sick leave due to overwork.[13]

On May 20, 2011, Shimizu resigned and was replaced by Toshio Nishizawa, general ex-director of the group Tepco.[14]

On March 7, 2012, before the anniversary of the disaster, Tepco announced that Chairman Katsumata Tsunehisa would attend the memorial ceremony. However, they refused to release the schedule of Shimizu.[15]

On June 25, 2012 Shimizu became an outside director of Fuji Oil Company, a subsidiary of AOC Holdings. Tepco is the largest shareholder of AOC Holdings, owning 8.7% of the stock.[16]

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