Fukushima survivors’ legal victory against Japanese government

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Government, TEPCO ordered to pay 38.5 million yen to evacuees of Fukushima disaster

17 March 2017

The Maebashi District Court in central Japan ruled on Friday that the central government and the Tokyo Electric Power Company should pay a total of 38.5 million yen to 137 people evacuated following the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Japanese government held liable for negligence

Saturday 18th March 2017

VICTIMS of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown disaster won a long-awaited victory over the Japanese government and the plant operator yesterday.

The Maebashi district court held the government and Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) liable for failing to take preventative measures against the possibility of a tsunami like the one that hit the coastal nuclear power station six years ago this month.

It ordered them to pay damages ranging from 70,000 yen (£500) to 3.5 million yen (£25,000) to 62 plaintiffs, for a total of 38 million yen (£272,000).

The court said the disaster had been preventable and that Tepco had ignored safety concerns, despite knowing of the tsunami risk, while the government failed to oversee the utility.

The ruling is the first from about 30 lawsuits filed by thousands of evacuees and could set a precedent for the other cases.

About half of the 150,000 people forced to leave their homes still cannot return.

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