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Fukushima nuclear plant lawsuit: Why $95bn in damages?

Court orders record pay out; says disaster 'could have been foreseen'

An aerial view shows the storage tanks for treated water at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Okuma town, Fukushima prefecture.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The Tokyo District Court on Wednesday ordered former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings to pay the company 13 trillion yen ($95 billion) in a shareholder suit over the accident at the utility's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

The total amount claimed was 22 trillion yen. Following is an overview of the reasons behind the order, why the compensation is so huge, and how the former executives will pay the amount if the judgment is finalized.

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