From the article:
“They could write a note saying how many batteries and how much, and TEPCO would pay for them later, after the reactors were restored.
What would the store managers do? Refuse to give the batteries to TEPCO unless they they were paid on the spot? I don’t think so.”
Great, so because of a government permit this will meltdown, and possibly contaminate miles upon miles of Pacific Ocean. Great, thanks asshats.