The Fukushima District Court has ordered Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), the operator of the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, to pay 27 million in damages to the bereaved family of a man who committed suicide after being displaced due to the March 11, 2011 disaster.
Kiichi Ikazaki, then 67, and his family were forced to leave their home in Namie town, not too far from the nuclear plant, in March 2011, Sankei Shimbun reported. In July, Ikazaki committed suicide. His surviving wife Eiko and family filed a suit against TEPCO, demanding 87 million yen in damages.
In handing down the ruling on Tuesday, the judge declared that the court saw a direct relationship between the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, the evacuations and the extreme stress forced upon the evacuees, and that these factors drove Ikazaki to commit suicide.© Japan Today