Court Finds Japanese Government Guilty – Fukushima ‘Could Kill Millions’

Monday, March 27, 2017
By Paul Martin

Baxter Dmitry
March 27, 2017

A Japanese court has found the government guilty of negligence causing the Fukushima nuclear disaster and ordered them to pay tens of millions of dollars in compensation to victims, according to reports from Japan.

The shock ruling opens up the prospect of citizens of Pacific nations including the United States of America receiving compensation from the Japanese government for the disaster which contaminated the entire Pacific Ocean and irreperably poisoned the world’s food chain.

The nuclear plant operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings, was also found guilty of negligence that led to the disaster that nuclear experts say will likely continue affecting wildlife and humans for the next 250,000 years.

Friday’s stunning ruling by the Maebashi District Court was the first to recognize negligence by the state and Tepco. Previously the Japanese government and Tepco, a subsidiary of General Electric, had strongly denied any wrongdoing, arguing they were the victims of bad luck.

The judge called the massive tsunami “predictable” and said the major nuclear disaster, which is responsible for 300 tons of radioactive water entering the Pacific Ocean every single day, could have been avoided.

Japan Times reports: The district court ordered the two to pay damages totaling ¥38.55 million to 62 of 137 plaintiffs from 45 households located near the plant, which suffered a triple meltdown caused by the tsunami, awarding ¥70,000 to ¥3.5 million in compensation to each plaintiff.

The plaintiffs had demanded the state and Tepco pay compensation of ¥11 million each — a total of about ¥1.5 billion — over the loss of local infrastructure and psychological stress they were subjected to after being forced to relocate to unfamiliar surroundings.

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