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Former Tepco execs ordered to pay $95bn in Fukushima damages

Ruling in shareholder suit is 1st to find management liable for nuclear disaster

Tepco's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, seen here in March 2022, suffered one of the worst nuclear disasters in history 11 years ago.   © Kyodo

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A Tokyo court on Wednesday ordered former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. to pay the utility some 13 trillion yen ($95 billion) in total damages for failing to prevent the 2011 crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

The ruling in favor of shareholders who filed the lawsuit in 2012 is the first to find former TEPCO executives liable for compensation after the nuclear plant in northeastern Japan caused one of the worst nuclear disasters in history triggered by a massive earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.

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