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    Court orders TEPCO compensation over Fukushima crisis


    June 2, 2022 - Japan Economic Newswire

     

      A Japanese court on Thursday ordered the operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to compensate current and former residents of Tamura City in the west of the complex hit by the March 2011 disaster for emotional distress.

      While the amount of damages awarded is not immediately known, a total of 545 plaintiffs had demanded about 6 billion yen ($46 million) in total, or 11 million yen per person, from Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. and the Japanese government

      The court dismissed the case against the state.

      The plaintiffs argued they were anguished by losing previous joy, such as picking nearby wild plants and forging community ties, saying earlier compensation in the form of a monthly consolation fee of 100,000 yen through August 2012 was insufficient.

      A devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan's northeast on March 11, 2011, triggered reactor meltdowns at the nuclear complex and sent plumes of radioactive material in the air.

      Some areas of Tamura sit within a radius of 20- to 30-kilometers from the plant and were designated as emergency evacuation preparation zones the next month in the event of a worsened situation. The designation was lifted in September 2011.

      Similar cases have been filed across Japan accusing the company and government of negligence over safety concerns about the plant.

      ==Kyodo

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