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Ruling against Tepco sets high bar for nuclear safety

Court rules government and utility negligent, but awards scanty damages

Following a ruling by the Maebashi District Court, lawyers for the plaintiffs hold banners reading "central government found liable" and "partial victory" outside the courthouse on March 17.

TOKYO -- In ruling that Japan's government and the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant could have predicted and prevented the March 2011 nuclear accident, a district court has established a tough standard for risk mitigation at nuclear power operations -- one other judges may or may not support.

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