The families of two kindergarten children lost in the March 11 disaster are filing a lawsuit against a local government in Miyagi Prefecture for what they are calling dereliction of its duty to protect their children.
According to a TBS report, three children were killed when the tsunami engulfed a kindergarten playground in Yamamoto, Miyagi Prefecture. The families of two of the children say that staff at the kindergarten contacted the local government to ask for advice and were told to stand by and await evacuation. The children were then brought to the kindergarten yard where the families say no rescue arrived. The families involved lost children aged 2 and 6 in the tragedy, TBS reported.
This is not the first time a suit has been filed over the deaths of kindergarten children in the disaster. In August, the parents of four children who died when their kindergarten bus was swept away by the tsunami in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, sued the kindergarten for 270 million yen damages.
In that case, the families claimed that the kindergarten sent out the school bus despite having been alerted 20 minutes earlier that a large tsunami was approaching. They say the children should have been kept at the kindergarten which is located on higher ground. The bus left the kindergarten with 12 children, and dropped seven off before it was hit by the tsunami. It caught fire, killing the remaining five children.© Japan Today