TEPCO apologise for Japan PM name error

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, tries to peel off his name pasted on a protective suit after finding a wrong character used for his family name. Photo / AFP
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, tries to peel off his name pasted on a protective suit after finding a wrong character used for his family name. Photo / AFP

Red-faced officials have issued an embarrassed apology to Japan's prime minister for spelling his name wrong during a high-profile tour of the battered Fukushima nuclear plant.

Shinzo Abe was given a specially-printed suit to protect him from radiation during the tour on Thursday, on which he was accompanied by a large press pack.

But plant operator TEPCO, which has been lambasted internationally for what critics say is its hapless handling of the catastrophe at Fukushima, used the wrong Chinese character for part of the PM's name.

"It was a typing error," said a TEPCO spokesman.

"We are very sorry for the mistake. We sincerely apologise to the prime minister for printing an inaccurate name."

TEPCO has repeatedly come under fire for its approach to managing the aftermath of the disaster at Fukushima.

- AFP

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