A Japanese court has found the government and Tepco, the operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, negligent for failing to take measures to prevent the 2011 nuclear disaster, and ordered them to pay 1bn yen ($9.5m) in damages to thousands of residents for their lost livelihoods. The ruling on Wednesday by Sendai high court could open up the government to further damage claims because thousands of other residents evacuated as reactors at the coastal power station overheated and released a radioactive cloud, following the devastating tsunami. While some people have returned home, areas close to the plant are still off limits. The plaintiffs had sought monthly compensation of about 50,000 yen ($470) per person until radiation levels subside to pre-disaster levels, seeking a total of 28bn yen ($265m).
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In a lawsuit brought by some 3,600 residents of Fukushima Prefecture and neighboring prefectures against the Japanese government and the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station for the damage the residents suffered from the nuclear disaster that broke out in March 2011, the Sendai High Court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, ordering the defendants to pay compensation to them. There are approximately 30 civil lawsuits pertaining to the nuclear disaster that have been filed across the country, but this is the first time that a high court has recognized the state’s compensation liability for the incident. As verdicts over the national government’s negligence have been split in the lower courts, the latest ruling carries great weight.
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A high court here on Sept. 30 more than doubled the amount of compensation awarded to victims of the Fukushima nuclear disaster and issued a scathing critique against the central government for its inaction. The Sendai High Court found the central government equally at fault as plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. for failing to take anti-tsunami measures and ordered the defendants to pay a total of about 1.01 billion yen ($9.6 million) to around 3,550 evacuees and residents living in Fukushima Prefecture and elsewhere.
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