Japan Court Blames Government for Fukushima Nuclear Accident

IAEA experts at Fukushima

IAEA experts at Fukushima

The Maebashi District Court in Gunma prefecture, central Japan, ruled that the central government and TEPCO shall pay a total of 38.55 million yen (340,000 US dollars) in damages to 137 people who fled from Fukushima since the 2011 nuclear disaster.

But Tokyo 2020 organizers are hoping for a role reversal, using the Olympic Games to help regenerate Fukushima - an area devastated by the 2011 quake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear disaster.

The amount that they were ordered to pay, however, was far below the ¥1.5bn sought by the 137 plaintiffs. The ruling could set the precedent for 30 other cases involving 100,000 plaintiffs, The Guardian reported Friday.

The plaintiffs claimed the state and TEPCO could have foreseen tsunami over 10 meters high hitting the plant based on a 2002 government estimate that there was roughly a 20 percent chance of a magnitude-8-level tsunami-triggering quake occurring within the next 30 years.

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A local court ruled on Friday that the Japanese government and Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.

Tepco and the government contested that claim, saying that a number of scholars disputed the report's conclusions and arguing that the document was insufficiently scientific.

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 measures. This includes monthly payments of 100,000 yen to residents of areas ordered to evacuate, and one-off payments of 120,000 yen to those outside evacuation areas who fled of their own accord. The regulator will hold an emergency meeting Tuesday, and will "weigh a response after having read the ruling closely", a spokesperson said.

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