Japanese nuclear plant director steps down due to illness

2011-11-28 08:49

Tokyo – The director of Japan’s troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is stepping down because of illness, the plant’s operator said today without revealing whether his condition was related to radiation.

Masao Yoshida (56) has been hospitalised for “treatment of illness” and will be relieved of his post as of Thursday, said a spokesperson for Tokyo Electric Power.

“We cannot give you details of his illness,” Chie Hosoda said, declining to say whether his illness was related to exposure to radiation.

Yoshida has been on site at the plant since it was hit on March 11 by a massive earthquake and tsunami, which knocked its cooling system out and left some of its reactors in meltdown in the worst nuclear accident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

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