Sendai High Court admits responsibility for nuclear accident for the first time in second trial

The Sendai High Court admits responsibility for the nuclear accident for the first time in the second trial on September 30 at 2:20 p.m.

In a trial in which more than 3,600 people, including residents living in Fukushima Prefecture, complained that their live foundations had been damaged and suffered mental pain in the accident at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, the Sendai High Court ordered the government and TEPCO to pay compensation. This is the first time in two trials that a class action has been filed across the country that recognizes the responsibility of the state.
In this trial, more than 3,600 people, including residents and people who continue to live in Fukushima Prefecture after the nuclear power plant accident, are seeking compensation from the government and TEPCO for the loss of the foundation of their lives and mental pain.

It is the largest of similar class actions being filed across the country.

Three years ago, the Fukushima District Court in the first trial acknowledged the responsibility of the government and TEPCO, saying, “It is possible to predict a tsunami, and if the government had ordered TEPCO to take measures, the nuclear accident could have been prevented,” and ordered compensation totaling more than 490 million yen.

In the second trial, as in the first trial, there was a dispute over whether it was possible to predict a large-scale tsunami and prevent damage, and whether the amount of compensation based on the guidelines of the national review committee was appropriate.

In a ruling on the 30th, Tetsu Ueda, the presiding judge of the Sendai High Court, acknowledged the responsibility of the government and TEPCO and handed down a ruling ordering compensation.

This is the first time in two trials that a nationwide class action has recognized the responsibility of the state.