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  • Tokyo court orders former TEPCO bosses to pay more than $139 billion in damages over Fukushima disaster

    Posted 7h ago
    AFP

    Key points:
    • The nuclear disaster, caused by a tsunami striking the Fukushima power plant, forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes
    • TEPCO has since been pursued in the courts by survivors of the disaster as well as shareholders
    • They argue that the disaster could have been prevented if the company's bosses had listened to research and carried out preventative measures
    A Tokyo court has ordered former executives from the operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant involved in the 2011 disaster to pay about 13 trillion yen ($139.96 billion) in damages.

    Four ex-bosses of Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) were ordered to pay the damages in a suit brought by shareholders over the nuclear disaster triggered by a massive tsunami, local media said on Wednesday.

    ... Lawyers for the plaintiffs hailed the ruling, and said they believed it to be the largest amount of compensation ever awarded in a civil lawsuit in Japan.

    Hiroyuki Kawai, a lawyer representing shareholders, said when the suit was filed that senior managers at TEPCO must be made to pay.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-07-...e=abc_news_web
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