Is the United States staying quiet about the release of Fukushima nuclear waste water because BlackRock is the largest shareholder of TEPCO?!
Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : BlackRock Is The Largest TEPCO Shareholder!
This message is being actively promoted by the Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛) and pro-CCP netizens on WhatsApp and social media:
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Truth : BlackRock Is Not Even Top 10 TEPCO Shareholder!
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created or promoted by the Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛) and pro-CCP netizens, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : No Japanese Company Attacked China In 1900
In the first paragraph, the viral message claimed that an unnamed Japanese company attacked China in a “war of aggression in the year 1900”. That appears to be utter nonsense.
The Qing dynasty and the Empire of Japan fought the First Sino-Japanese War from 1894 to 1895. It was only 42 years later that the Empire of Japan would attack the Republic of China.
However, there is no evidence that any Japanese company ever attacked China in the year 1900.
Fact #2 : TEPCO Was Never Renamed
The viral message also claimed that TEPCO was renamed from that unnamed Japanese company which attacked China in the year 1900.
TEPCO – the Tokyo Electric Power Company, was only established in 1951 when the Allied occupation forces privatised Japan’s electricity sector.
Since its establishment on May 1, 1951, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has never been renamed. So the claim in the viral message that TEPCO was renamed is false.
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Fact #3 : Japanese Government Is Largest TEPCO Shareholder
The viral message also claimed that BlackRock is the largest shareholder of TEPCO. That’s not true.
The Japanese government is the largest and majority shareholder of TEPCO, with almost 55% ownership through the Nuclear Damage Compensation and Decommissioning Facilitation Corporation.
BlackRock isn’t even in the list of top 10 TEPCO shareholders (as of end of FY2021)! Take a look:
|Top 10 TEPCO Shareholders||Equity Share
|Nuclear Damage Compensation and
Decommissioning Facilitation Corporation
|The Master Trust Bank of Japan, Ltd.||6.28|
|Custody Bank of Japan, Ltd.||1.77|
|TEPCO Group Employees’
Stock Sharing Organization
|Tokyo Metropolitan Government||1.20|
|Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation||1.01|
|STATE STREET BANK WEST CLIENT
– TREATY 505234
|Nippon Life Insurance Company||0.74|
|JP MORGAN CHASE BANK 385781||0.56|
|JP JPMSE LUX RE BARCLAYS
CAPITAL SEC LTD EQ CO
Fact #4 : Second Largest Shareholder Is Not Pioneer Of Wall Street
The viral message claimed that the second largest shareholder of TEPCO stock is “The pioneer of Wall Street” but does not mention which American company it was referring to.
In any case, the second largest shareholder is The Master Trust Bank of Japan – a Japanese trust bank. Certainly not an American company.
Fact #5 : Fukushima Is Releasing Waste Water Off Japanese Coast
The viral message also claimed that Japan is dumping its nuclear wastes near China. That’s false.
TEPCO is actually releasing the treated waste water from its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station about 1 km off the coast of Japan.
Fukushima is also located on the east coast of Japan. Not is the waste water being released on the far side of Japan, it is being released AWAY from China.
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Fact #6 : US Did Not Ban Japanese Seafood
The viral message also claimed that the United States banned Japanese seafood. That is also false.
In fact, the US FDA deactivated its Import Alert #99-33, which banned certain Japanese food products, in September 2021.
The US FDA has not reactivated that import ban. Neither has it ordered a new ban. That’s because it tested 51 samples for radionuclide contamination, and found no detectable levels of radioactive caesium.
Fact #7 : This Is Just Fake News About Fukushima
There is no doubt that Japan is facing a LOT of criticism over its release of the Fukushima waste water, even though IAEA and many experts have endorsed the plan.
However, this is just another example of FAKE NEWS being created around the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster. Here are other examples I fact checked earlier:
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- EU + Japan Have Secret Agreement To Re-Export Seafood?!
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- Did Hong Kong Just Ban ALL Food From Japan?!
- Fukushima Waste Water Release : Should You Be Worried?!
- The Highly Radioactive Japanese Food Video Explained!
- Truth About FDA Import Alert 99-33 On Japanese Food!
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