Kansai Electric affiliates had 69 ex-bureaucrats employed as of end of fiscal 2011

Shigeki Iwane, center, Vice President of Kansai Electric Power Co., talks during a joint Osaka municipal-prefectural council meeting in Osaka's Abeno Ward on April 10. (Mainichi)
Shigeki Iwane, center, Vice President of Kansai Electric Power Co., talks during a joint Osaka municipal-prefectural council meeting in Osaka's Abeno Ward on April 10. (Mainichi)

OSAKA -- Kansai Electric Power Co.'s affiliated firms had employed 69 former public servants as of the end of fiscal 2011, a joint municipal-prefectural council here has revealed.

The finding became clear during an April 10 meeting of the "energy strategy council," jointly formed by the Osaka municipal and prefectural governments. Responding to questions on the issue, Kansai Electric Vice President Shigeki Iwane said that as of the end of March 2012, the company had a total of 69 former public servants employed at the firm's subsidiaries and other related companies.

Among them are 13 former Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism officials, three from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, two from the Ministry of the Environment, 16 policemen, 10 firefighters, and 13 civil engineers.

During the meeting it also became clear that by the end of fiscal 2010, Kansai Electric had been involved in a total of about 600 cases of external financial donations, the total sum of which reaches about 1.695 billion yen.

Among those, there had been some 70 cases of donations worth some 699 million yen to local governments, about 100 cases of donations to public-service organizations worth a total of 443 million yen, and about 430 cases of donations to other foundations and organizations worth some 553 million yen in total.

Meanwhile, during the meeting, the council further compiled a final plan on the eight conditions set for reactivating of the No. 3 and No. 4 idled reactors at the Oi Nuclear Power Plant in Fukui Prefecture.

Among the conditions are those that require the company to obtain the consent of local governments within a radius of 100 kilometers from the nuclear power station; a conclusion of a nuclear safety agreement; the establishment of a highly independent regulatory agency; the drafting of new safety standards;, and the launch of stress tests including secondary evaluations that are based on new safety standards.

The final decision on the conditions is expected to be finalized by the Osaka prefectural-municipal headquarters council. It is also expected that the council will discuss a stockholder proposal that calls for the complete abolishment of all nuclear reactors in Japan and the practice of amakudari -- the hiring of retired bureaucrats by companies they once supervised.

The Osaka Municipal Government, owner of approximately 9 percent of Kansai Electric's stock, is the company's largest stockholder.

April 10, 2012(Mainichi Japan)

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