Court orders compensation for Fukushima victims

From NHK

The district court in Fukushima Prefecture has ordered the state and the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant to pay damages for mental distress resulting from the 2011 nuclear accident.

The ruling comes in a class action suit filed by about 3,800 people. It is the 2nd case in which a court has acknowledged the government's liability for post-traumatic distress.

The plaintiffs brought the lawsuit in 2013. They include people who continued to live in their homes in the prefecture as well as those who evacuated from the area after the disaster.

Their suit stated that they suffered and continue to suffer mental distress after the accident destroyed the foundation of their livelihoods.

At issue was whether the government and operator Tokyo Electric Power Company could have foreseen the major tsunami on March 11, 2011, and prevented the damage. Whether TEPCO is paying appropriate compensation to evacuees, as well as the extent of its recipients, were also questioned.

On Tuesday, presiding judge Hideki Kanazawa ruled that the government and TEPCO are responsible for the accident.

More than 12,000 people across Japan have filed class action lawsuits over the accident with courts in 18 prefectures.

The suit in Fukushima Prefecture involves the largest number of plaintiffs. The Maebashi District Court in Gunma Prefecture, eastern Japan, handed down a similar ruling in March.
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