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Recharging Tepco is an uphill battle for ex-Hitachi head

Kawamura unable to repeat quick 100-day turnaround performance of yesteryear

Takashi Kawamura, chairman of Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings, is finding it tough going at the troubled utility as he tries to implement reforms.

TOKYO -- It has been six months since Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings tapped Takashi Kawamura, one of Japan's most respected business executives, to take over as chairman. Kawamura's resume is stellar, highlighted by the gargantuan feat of turning around floundering electronics conglomerate Hitachi in barely 100 days.

But whatever his past reputation, Kawamura's tenure at Tepco has been rocky, with his reforms failing to gain much traction.

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