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Fukushima plaintiffs exhausted after settlements urged but rejected by Tepco

Wednesday, 12th March 2020

"FUKUSHIMA – Nine years after the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant meltdown, plaintiffs who were forced to abandon their homes say they are exhausted from the prolonged legal battle over compensation for the disaster.

The suits have been prolonged chiefly by the difficulty of establishing evidence for damages claims linked to the triple core meltdown on Fukushima Prefecture’s coastline after the March 2011 mega-quake and tsunami.


Plant manager Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. says it is willing to settle out of court through the alternative dispute resolution mechanism.

But Tepco has rejected many settlement proposals made through ADR, confusing the plaintiffs.


In a lawsuit filed with the Fukushima District Court in April 2016 by 54 residents of the Nakadori region, plaintiffs proposed a settlement in hopes of ending the suit early. Tepco declined."

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