Japan court: Govt, utility accountable in Fukushima accident

2017-10-10 15:38
Men wearing protective suits and masks work in front of welding storage tanks for radioactive water, under construction. (Toru Hanai, AFP, file)

Men wearing protective suits and masks work in front of welding storage tanks for radioactive water, under construction. (Toru Hanai, AFP, file)

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Tokyo - A Japanese court has ordered the government and the Fukushima nuclear plant operator to pay ¥500m ($4.5m) to thousands of former residents who demanded damages for their livelihoods lost in the 2011 nuclear crisis.

The Fukushima District Court on Tuesday said the government had failed to order Tokyo Electric Power to improve safety measures despite knowing as early as 2002 of a risk of a massive tsunami in the region.

READ: Fukushima operator eyes plan to clean up plant

The 3 800 plaintiffs who sued in 2015 are the largest group among about 30 similar lawsuits involving 12 000 people pending across the country.

It was the second verdict that held the government accountable in the Fukushima meltdowns, following a decision in March by the Maebashi district court.

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