Japan’s highest court on Friday dismissed claims that the government should pay damages in cases involving around 3,700 people whose lives were severely affected by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, exonerating the state from liability. any responsibility for mass evacuations during the crisis.
The Supreme Court’s Second Petty Bench ruling was the first for the highest court and covered four lawsuits filed in Fukushima, Gunma, Chiba and Ehime prefectures. About 30 such lawsuits have been filed across Japan by people who had to evacuate their homes or whose lives were seriously affected by the earthquake and tsunami disaster.
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