The Japanese public hasnâ€™t seen much of him recently either. Shimizu, the president of Tokyo Electric Power Co., or Tepco, the company that owns a haywire nuclear power plant 150 miles from the capital, is the most invisible â€” and most reviled â€” chief executive in Japan.
Amid rumors that Shimizu had fled the country, checked into a hospital or committed suicide, company officials said Monday that their boss had suffered an unspecified â€œsmall illnessâ€ because of overwork after a 9.0-magnitude earthquake sent a tsunami crashing onto his companyâ€™s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
After a short break to recuperate, they said, Shimizu, 66, is back at work directing an emergency command center on the second floor of Tepcoâ€™s central Tokyo headquarters.
Still, company officials are vague about whether they have actually seen their boss: â€œIâ€™ll have to check on that,â€ said spokesman Ryo Shimitsu. Another staffer, Hiro Hasegawa, said heâ€™d seen the president regularly but couldnâ€™t provide details.
The ship has already started to sink when the rats are swimming away. This would make me feel quite uncomfortable if I were a Japanese citizen, because it makes me uncomfortable as it is.