Japan's Chiba District Court ordered TEPCO to pay compensation to local residents who had to flee the 2011 Fukushima disaster.
However, the ruling by the Chiba district court, east of Tokyo, did not find the government liable for compensation, in contrast to a March ruling in another court that ordered both the government and Tepco to pay compensation to a separate group of evacuees.
The original lawsuit was seeking damages from TEPCO and the government of 2.8 billion yen (25 million USA dollars). "But the psychological sufferings of local residents over losing lives and the community they used to have are related to the accident, and TEPCO should compensate", judge Masaru Sakamoto said, as quoted by the NHK broadcaster. Plaintiffs were able to persuade the judge that a pre-2011 assessment by the government's natural disaster research promotion unit had predicted a 20% chance of a magnitude-8 tsunami-triggering quake in the area offshore Fukushima, according to the BBC and news service Japan Today.
Tokyo Electric (Tepco), operator of the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear reactor complex that suffered meltdowns in March 2011 following Japan's tsunami, has been ordered by a Japanese court September 22 to pay compensation to some of those forced out of their homes as a outcome.
In 2011, a tsunami caused by a major natural disaster hit the Fukushima plant, leading to the leakage of radioactive materials.