TEPCO to pay $4.5 million for Fukushima disaster
The Fukushima District Court said the government had failed to order Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) to improve safety measures despite knowing as early as 2002 of a risk of a massive tsunami in the region.
The 3,800 plaintiffs who sued in 2015 are the largest group among about 30 similar lawsuits involving 12,000 people pending across the country.
It was the second verdict that held the government accountable in the Fukushima meltdowns, following a decision in March by the Maebashi district court. ■