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Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) was aware of a leak of contaminated water from the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant prior to its official announcement of the leak on July 22, the head of TEPCO’s reconstruction headquarters in Fukushima Prefecture said.

Headquarters chief Yoshiyuki Ishizaki said at a news conference on July 25 that he received an email from the TEPCO’s headquarter in Tokyo saying that TEPCO had no choice but to announce that radioactive contaminated water from Fukushima nuclear plant had leaked into the sea.

While TEPCO had submitted data on the leak to the secretariat of the Nuclear Regulation Authority on July 18, TEPCO had insisted that it couldn’t explain the data until July 22.

However after Ishizaki’s news conference on July 25, TEPCO’s public relations office said that it had no means to answer which email Ishizaki referred to. It said the office had heard TEPCO finished collecting data on July 21.

When asked by reporters if TEPCO had delayed the announcement due to a possible impact on the House of Councillors election on July 21, the public relations office denied it.

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