Seven months after the triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi, Tepco, which operated the facility, owes $50 billion in compensation to the tens of thousands who lived close to the nuclear plant. In the first months of the crisis, Tepco's president disappeared from public view, then resigned. Tepco disclosed the meltdowns at the plant nearly two months after the fact and spun false stories about the timeline of events at the facility. "I imagine a lot of rank-and-file employees feel embarrassed by management," said Jeff Kingston of Temple University, Japan Campus. "Most Japanese are proud to be an employee. But nobody ever bargained for this. Tepco set a new low for corporate behavior."