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Acquittal upheld for ex-TEPCO execs over Fukushima nuclear crisis

Appeals court finds former officials could not have predicted tsunami, meltdowns

Tepco's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, seen here in March 2022, was the site of one of the worlds worst nuclear disasters 12 years ago. (Photo by Mizuho Miyazaki)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- An appeals court on Wednesday upheld an acquittal of three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings who were accused of failing to prevent the 2011 disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in northeastern Japan.

The Tokyo High Court decision followed a Tokyo District Court ruling in 2019 that found former TEPCO Chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata, 82, along with Ichiro Takekuro, 76, and Sakae Muto, 72, both former vice presidents, could not have predicted the massive tsunami that crippled the power plant and led to core meltdowns.

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