​TEPCO vows to release ‘all Fukushima radiation data’

General aerial view of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO)'s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture (Reuters/Kyodo)
The nuclear operator of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has announced that it plans to disclose all data on radiation levels recorded at the site in response to criticism of lack of transparency following the catastrophe.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. TEPCO will start disclosing all data sets “as soon as they become available” for release, President Naomi Hirose told a press conference. The utility staffers aim to “break away from our tendency of covering up” information, he added.

Takafumi Anegawa, the company’s director, said the amount of data they plan to release will be around double the current level, according to Kyodo.

TEPCO said that the measure is done to enhance transparency following criticism last month that the company failed to reveal immediately the possibility of radioactive rainwater leakage into the ocean through a gutter.

The data is to be published on TEPCO’s website and is to include radiation levels of water running through and the soil at the plant. The company also hopes for the information and data to be evaluated regularly by a third party.

Meanwhile, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announced that its experts are set to visit Japan in April to obtain detailed data on contaminated water management.

“The Japanese government requested the visit in order to provide the IAEA with further explanations on measures against contaminated water, including contaminated rainwater, and TEPCO's efforts to improve communications and public outreach activities,” the press release on the IAEA website said.