Prof. Hatamura News Conference
July 4th, 2011, Tokyo, Japan - Yotaro Hatamura, a professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo and an expert in the mechanism of failures, speaks during a news conference at the foreign press club in Tokyo on Monday, July 4, 2011. Hatamura chairs the Investigation and Verification Committee for the accident at Fukushima No. 1 power plant operated by the Tokyo Electric Co. It is widely understood that the utility company, TEPCO for short, and the Japanese government failed miserably in their attempts to bring the nuclear plant under control shortly after it was hit by the March 11 earthquake and ensuing tsunami. So, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan turned to Hatamura to look into the cause of the accident and to come up with countermeasures in a bid to prevent a recurrence of such deadly crisis. (Photo by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO)  -mis-..