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Compensation awarded over 102-year-old man's suicide due to Fukushima crisis

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A Japanese court awarded 15.2 million yen in damages on Tuesday to the family of a 102-year-old man who killed himself in the face of an order to flee from his home amid the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis.

Wow....for some reason I am baffled at the apparently disproportionate size of the award in comparison to others given here in Japan for people much, much, younger.

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They keep stating there have been no deaths due to the meltdowns, but shouldn’t all these suicides be counted? There have been literally hundreds of people who have killed term selves as a result of the relocation.

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A bizarre outcome when previous court orders are so random, guess for a medieval justice system they acidendtely get one right once in a while.

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Cannot see any rational basis for such a large damage award. Hope however that this provides precedent for other younger plaintiffs.

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"We send our sincere condolences over Mr Okubo's death and will sincerely deal with the matter after closely examining the content of the ruling," TEPCO said in a statement.

sincerely deal with the matter after closely examining the content of the ruling??

What's THAT supposed to mean? If they really want to offer condolences to the family just be quiet and pay up. twats

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sorry, but the man was 102 years old! how much pain and suffering could he have been in? while i feel for the family, this judgement just doesn't make sense.

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Tepco has been hand in glove with the LDP from day one. That will not change, and Judicial ruling is just lip service for a local family imo. The 150 odd American sailors suing Tepco for 545 billion yen in compensation in a Californian federal court I'm sure will do much better. The mere mention of Tepco makes my skin crawl, that wont change either.

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They'll appeal. This was just a District Court Ruling. It will go to the Supreme Court, who after suitable mutterings of regrettable, unavoidable, etc., will overrule it. The SC is just another part of the nuclear village, and has generally sided with TEPCO and the government on issues concerning nuclear power.

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sorry, but the man was 102 years old! how much pain and suffering could he have been in? while i feel for the family, this judgement just doesn't make sense.

that is about how much it cost in total for the death of my mother-in-law. Then there was the emotional cost. It’s nothing for a selfish company that builds a NPP by the sea against advice to save money, puts backup generators in the basement to save money, builds a design smaller than recommended to save money.

i guess it doesn’t matter to them, they split the company so the taxpayer will pay the comp.

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He was very subborn, plain simple!

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This is a very strange story of a 102 year commits suicide and his family is awarded ¥15 million. He must have been fairly healthy to hang himself.

In 2017 TEPCO made about ¥400 billion profit.

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