TOKYO (majirox news) — Authorities remain baffled by the mysterious appearance of a man in front of a security camera at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant who appears to be trying to deliver some sort of message, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) officials said.
The man, clad in protective gear to shield him from the effects of radiation, appears on security footage in front of the shell of the Fukushima Daiichi power plant building damaged by an explosion and seems to be delivering some sort of message.
He constantly checks some apparatus on his mobile phone and points at the camera from a few dozen meters away before disappearing from screen.
About 3 minutes later, he reappears on screen, this time almost immediately speaks and then vanishes once more.
“We’re still checking out the details of the case,” a TEPCO spokesman said upon being asked if the man was an intruder, but suggested the likelihood that the man was an interloper was unlikely.
“Security reasons make it unthinkable,” he said.
Footage of the incident has been uploaded on YouTube and gone viral as Internet users try to work out who the mystery man is and what he was doing in front of the camera.
A TEPCO insider suggests the man could have been playing a joke.
“There are more than 500 workers regularly working at the plant and they’re basically allowed to do whatever they want during their break times,” the insider said. “They’ve already found some workers taking commemorative photos in front of the Fukushima Daiichi plant. I’d say this guy is just someone putting on a show in front of the camera while contacting someone else over his mobile phone.”
TEPCO rules out the likelihood of an outsider, but in June a freelance journalist sneaked into the Fukushima Daiichi plant, getting within 50 meters of the building before being caught.
Fukushima Mystery Man Footage