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    Despite thousands accusing TEPCO of negligence in preventing the nuclear accident, the company's former chairman and two vice presidents may avoid prosecution, a source has claimed.

    MOSCOW, December 26 (Sputnik) — Japanese prosecutors are not likely to press new charges against three former Tokyo Electric Power Company executives for professional negligence in the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, Kyodo news reported Friday, citing an anonymous source.

    The Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office has reopened investigations into former executives after an 11-member judicial panel of citizens asserted in July that the three should face charges.

    Last year, the Tokyo District Prosecutor's Office decided not to indict 74-year-old Tsunehisa Katsumata, chairman of TEPCO at the time of the disaster, and two ex-vice presidents – Sakae Muto and Ichiro Takekuro, aged 64 and 68 respectively. The Prosecutor's Office claimed that the scale of the earthquake and tsunami was unforeseeable, and refused to take into account over 14,000 lawsuits filed by Japanese citizens against TEPCO, accusing the officials of ignoring available research and not taking the necessary steps to prevent the catastrophe.

    The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster on March 11, 2011 was triggered by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami. The catastrophe took more than 15,000 lives.

    The accident is considered to be the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. The cleanup, including the dismantling of the plant's reactors, could take up to 40 years.

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