Fukushima operator ex-bosses ordered to pay $95 bn: media

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Jul 13 2022 04:58 PM

Staff of Tokyo Electric Power Company measures radiation levels between reactors unit 2 and unit 3 (Rear) at the tsunami-crippled Tokyo Electric Power Company's Fukushima Daichi Nuclear Power Plant under decommissioning works in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, northern Japan, Jan. 23, 2019 (reissued 20 February 2019). Kimimasa Mayama, EPA-EFE
Staff of Tokyo Electric Power Company measures radiation levels between reactors unit 2 and unit 3 (Rear) at the tsunami-crippled Tokyo Electric Power Company's Fukushima Daichi Nuclear Power Plant under decommissioning works in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, northern Japan, Jan. 23, 2019 (reissued 20 February 2019). Kimimasa Mayama, EPA-EFE

TOKYO — A Tokyo court Wednesday ordered former executives from the operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant involved in the 2011 disaster to pay around 13 trillion yen ($94.8 billion) in damages, local media said.

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.

Three of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant's 6 reactors were operating when a massive undersea quake triggered a devastating tsunami on March 11, 2011.

They went into meltdown after their cooling systems failed when waves flooded backup generators.

The accident was the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl and prompted the declaration of an evacuation zone around the plant.

Around 12 percent of the Fukushima region was once declared unsafe but no-go zones now cover around 2 percent, although populations in many towns remain far lower than before.

TEPCO has been pursued in the courts by survivors of the disaster as well as shareholders.

It is currently engaged in a decades-long effort to decommission the plant, a costly and difficult process.

The tsunami that set off the disaster left 18,500 people dead or missing.

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