Tepco executives must pay


From The Japan Times:

“In a historic first, the Tokyo District Court on Wednesday ordered four former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co. to pay ¥13.32 trillion ($97 billion) to the company for damage caused by the disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant following the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami, which led to three reactor meltdowns.

“The amount is believed to be the largest ever awarded by a court for a civil lawsuit.”

In contrast to the recent Japan Supreme Court decision, which excused the Japanese government of its oversight failure to ensure tsunami protection walls were high enough at the Fukushima Daiichi site, the Tokyo court’s presiding judge, Yoshihide Asakura, ruled that “the possibility of a major tsunami-related accident could have been avoided if measures to prevent flooding had been taken in the plant’s main buildings and critical equipment rooms,” according to the Japan Times story.

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(Headline photo of the inadequately tsunami-protected Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant prior to the March 2011 catastrophe, by IAEA Imagebank)

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