18:46 17 March 2017
Gov't, TEPCO found liable in Fukushima nuclear disaster for 1st time
MAEBASHI, Japan, March 17, Kyodo
A district court on Friday found that negligence by the central government and plant operator contributed to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster in March 2011 -- the first ruling of its kind since the crisis following the devastating earthquake and tsunami.
The Maebashi District Court ruling, which awarded a total of 38.55 million yen ($340,000) in damages to people who have fled from Fukushima Prefecture, ruled that the government and plant operator were negligent in preparing anti-tsunami steps.
Lawyers for the plaintiffs said it was the first time a Japanese court had recognized such negligence played a part in the worst nuclear catastrophe since Chernobyl, with the court rejecting the argument of the state and the operator that it was impossible to prevent the accident even if they had taken some measures.
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