Govt, TEPCO ordered to pay damages

Jiji Press FUKUSHIMA (Jiji Press) — A district court on Tuesday ordered the government and Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. to pay a total of ¥500 million in damages to evacuees from the March 2011 triple meltdown at TEPCO’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

In a lawsuit filed with Fukushima District Court in March 2013, some 3,800 residents in Fukushima and neighboring prefectures in northeastern Japan demanded that the government and TEPCO reduce radiation at their areas of residence to levels before the nuclear accident and pay some ¥16 billion in damages.

In his ruling, presiding Judge Hideki Kanazawa ordered the government and TEPCO to pay ¥250 million each in damages to a total of some 2,900 of the plaintiffs.

The court dismissed the plaintiffs’ petition for cutting radiation levels.

This is the third ruling in some 30 similar lawsuits nationwide and the second one recognizing the government’s responsibility for damages.

Tuesday’s ruling may affect the remaining suits as the latest case involves the largest number of plaintiffs, observers said.Speech

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