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Court orders gov't, TEPCO to pay Y110 mil in damages to Fukushima evacuees

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How much will the nuclear disaster cost? In the end more than ¥50 trillion. How much would it have cost to build a safe NPP? A lot less than that.

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So one million yen per ruined life? That amount only adds insult to injury.

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¥110 million is a pittance for having your life ruined. Most of these people would have lost more than that in salaries over the first few months of the evacuation. There isn’t enough money in Japan to fully compensate all the victims of this man-made disaster, which was caused by their pigheadedness and money saving scams. The CEO of the time has already died and was posthumously scapegoated. There are still plenty of other TEPCO executives and politicians who should be going to jail.

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They also have to pay their own lawyer fees.

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Agree with all of the above. This is a miscarriage of justice

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Headline should read 'Court orders Taxpayers and TEPCO to pay .....'

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Last year TEPCO made a net profit of ¥400 billion.

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@since. You bet me to that one.

How much would it have cost to build a safe NPP? A lot less than that.

actually, construction, staff, maintaince, retirement Golden parashoots, dealing with all the small accidents like cranes falling in fuel pools, maintaining security from terrorism, obtaining and transporting materials, storing them, bribing local authorities and communities and then the biggie...decommissions and safely storing for one thousands years highly radioactive materials on a group of islands on the worlds worst faultlines and many many active volcanoes.

i think 50billion is rather conservative.

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Goodlucktoyou

What I was saying was how much more would it have cost TEPCO to built the NPP to withstand the earthquake, which it mostly it and also the tsunami, which it didn't. Like not installing emergency generators in a sea level basement. Same with cooling fans. Building a seawall heigh enough which was recommended in 2006. Making the reactor buildings watertight and capable of supply its own power and water supply to prevent reactor nuclear meltdowns. Probably much less than the ¥50 billion you suggest.

The original cost of the plant was more than ¥100 billion.

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It's very easy to change your electricity supplier these days if you are unhappy with TEPCO. We have already switched to Tokyo Gas, which is also cheaper.

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That is a Slap in the face to families who have lost Everything in this disaster which could have been avoided with higher seawalls & to throw gas on the fire the citizens will wind up paying ! No Shame at all on the part of these Tepco honcho's at all !

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...each

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Another court order that just sucks for the population

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cucashopboy

It's very easy to change your electricity supplier these days if you are unhappy with TEPCO. We have already switched to Tokyo Gas, which is also cheaper.

Yes you can change the company you buy electricity from which in your case is TEPCO and you changed to Tokyo Gas only because it was cheaper.

In Kansai we buy our electricity from Kansai power KEPCO but also we could buy it from Osaka Gas but when I did the figures for us it was the same. We could also buy our gas from KEPCO, which also sells broadband internet.

The electricity you are buying from Tokyo Gas is bought from TEPCO so they are still the company in your area which is generating the electricity. Same for us, the electricity from Osaka Gas is generated by KEPCO.

There are companies selling electricity 100% from renewables. I've not checked out until we move house later in the year.

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zichi - thanks for the information. The saving is not large for us and we changed for both reasons - my wife is from Fukushima prefecture so isn't a fan of TEPCO to say the least. I'll look into a more sustainable provider sometime. Some solar panels would be lovely but we don't have the spare money at the moment.

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cucashopboy

there are power companies selling electricity from 100% renewables. I think one in Tokyo is Shimizu.

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The main rreason to the damage from the Tsunami was that the wall was to lpow. The nuckear company wanted to build it higher but was not allowed to do that. Why not punished them responsible for that decision.

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The main rreason to the damage from the Tsunami was that the wall was to lpow. The nuckear company wanted to build it higher but was not allowed to do that. Why not punished them responsible for that decision.

I think it was in 2006 when TEPCO was given a report warning the sea wall was not high enough to stop a powerful tsunami but TEPCO declined to carry out the works for the sake of profit.

In the past TEPCO had been prosecuted over its safety track records which it falsied. But more than the wall was needed. Like not having the emergency generators at sea level and in a basement. Not having watertight doors on the reactor buildings. Not having having the major switchgear on the ground floor level. Having a emergency water supply to cool the reactors. The water condensers failed because of the lack of power. Not building the power pylons on a dried up riverbed. Those collapsed from the earthquake. The plant safety manual was a single A4 sheet. Lack of safety training drills.

The greatest cause of the nuclear disaster was no one in the nuke village from the government, it's atomic agencies, TEPCO and the UN agency ever believed it was possible to have a nuclear disaster here in Japan.

The stupid point is it wouldn't have cost that much more to build a safe plant that would have withstood both the earthquake and tsunami.

TEPCO have accepted it was responsible for the disaster.

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In my above comment the highlighting of the first paragraph failed which is

Carl-Åke Utterström

The main rreason to the damage from the Tsunami was that the wall was to lpow. The nuckear company wanted to build it higher but was not allowed to do that. Why not punished them responsible for that decision.

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I have solar hehehe. I make a profit, hehehe. Next is an electric car when I win the lottery.

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Wow... $10,000 bucks per person or family. How much are they still paying for another 20 years or more on the houses they've had to abandon in some cases? The entire businesses lost while TEPCO was bailed out? TIJ

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