TEPCO suspends sale of Fukushima Daiichi souvenirs

TEPCO suspends sale of Fukushima Daiichi souvenirs

The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has suspended sales of souvenirs featuring photos of the plant, after they prompted a large but mixed public reaction.

The plastic file folders showed images of the plant's 4 crippled reactors being decommissioned by workers. The folders were sold in sets of 3 for about 3 dollars at a convenience store inside the complex.

Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, pulled them from the shelves on Wednesday, a week after they went on sale to visitors and plant workers.

The folders drew a strong response on social media.

One commenter said selling them was insensitive, especially to those forced to evacuate their communities near the plant after the meltdowns.

Another commenter was more approving, saying the merchandise could help visitors remember what they saw at the plant.

TEPCO said it thought the folders would help remind people about the nuclear accident at Fukushima Daiichi.

It says it will review the large number of positive and negative comments it received before deciding whether to put the folders back on the shelves.