TOKYO Japanese trade minister Banri Kaieda said on Friday the government has yet to debate the possibility of nationalizing or taking control of Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear complex, Kyodo news agency reported.
The government may set up a team to discuss TEPCO-related compensation issues, Kyodo quoted Kaieda, whose ministry oversees nuclear safety, as saying, as the firm faces a huge potential compensation bill.
TEPCO has come under fire for its handling of the emergency at its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex, triggered by a March 11 earthquake and tsunami that left nearly 28,000 people dead or missing. The Mainichi newspaper reported on Friday that Japan will take control of the firm.
(Reporting by Yoko Kubota; Editing by Joseph Radford)