TEPCO is planning to extend the contract of a 104-year-old technician working in a nuclear plant in North-eastern Japan by 20 years until the year 2036.
The nuclear power company says the extension of the contract is “safe”, despite Mr. Takanishi being unpredictable and responsible for previous life-threatening disasters.
Mr. Takanishi was responsible for two incidents in the 1970s and 1980s that heightened the risk of meltdown on both occasions – no one died from these incidents due mostly to good fortune.
TEPCO has performed its own tests on Mr. Takanishi and found him to be completely safe.
“We’ve carried out thorough testing and found Mr. Takanishi to be partly senile and 85 per cent blind in his left eye, but he still sits above the threshold of acceptable public safety standards,” said a TEPCO spokesman.