Image taken from Mr. Shimizu’s resume. (Not really.)

Sometimes the jokes write themselves.

Here’s the setup. Masataka Shimizu was the president of Tokyo Electric Power until last May. He was the head of the company when its Fukushima nuclear plant was crippled by last year’s earthquake and tsunami, and he led Tepco’s much-criticized response.

Last May, he resigned his position. So who hires a man whose leadership failures appear to have contributed to the irradiation of large areas of Japan? To a $26 billion drop in his company’s value?