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High court orders gov't, TEPCO to pay ¥1 bil in damages over Fukushima disaster

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By MARI YAMAGUCHI

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So... they’re going to pay back the money they got from the government?

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High court orders gov't, TEPCO to pay ¥1 bil in damages over Fukushima disaster

It almost 10 years from 3-11 tragedy, they haven't pay that out?

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"....could have been avoided if the government had ordered TEPCO to take proper preventative measures."

The premise being, corporations only behave responsibly when the government orders them to.

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It almost 10 years from 3-11 tragedy, they haven't pay that out?

Because "capitalism means never having to say you're sorry!" (or compensate with any pay out more than chump change)

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The premise being, corporations only behave responsibly when the government orders them to.

But we already knew that self-regulation doesn't work.

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It should be 1 billion yen per person

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Finally, it is still a fraction of what is fair but at least it will make people think twice before just choosing the cheap route with safety. Hopefully more penalties will follow and some real compensation will be paid to the victims.

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Who is  compensating the DEAD!?

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1 billion yen is about $10m US. Damages of this magnitude in other countries will be many orders of magnitude larger than this. And it’s almost 10 years too late.

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Predictably, after due consideration and examining the ruling, TEPCO will appeal to the Supreme Court, who will side with them and the government. That's the way it usually goes here on nuclear power issues.

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A billion yen may sound like a lot, but reality this is a TINY pittance!

The math tells us this works out to Y277,777 per person........PATHETIC

So this ruling represents a TINY WINY cost of doing ""BUSINESS""

Just shows how pathetic Japan is when a ruling like this is ""good"".....there is NO HOPE for the little people of Japan, in case you hadnt already figured that out!

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JeffLeeToday  07:57 am JST

"....could have been avoided if the government had ordered TEPCO to take proper preventative measures."

The premise being, corporations only behave responsibly when the government orders them to.

In America 'corporations are people'. Then they MUST be made accountable for screw-ups like this!

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Here's enough money for a big screen TV. Sorry we ruined your life.

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The $9.5M award is less than 5% of what was demanded, and the govt will stonewall paying even that amount - which comes from the taxpayers to begin with:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/01/fukushima-nuclear-disaster-preventable-court-rules-with-more-damages-claims-likely

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What is REALLY needed are some jail sentences.

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took 10 years? how about interest as well?

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¥1billlion? Minus two zeros is nothing in dollars.

i can’t eat any food from Tohoku and Kanto because of radiation. I can’t eat any seafood from there as well, and definitely no migration pacific fish that pass through there. Every week I have to check my Geiger counter, even in Kansai.

i feel sorry for these residents. They have no choice, just slow death.

the first time I ever cried in Japan was when I drove from Sendai down the Fukushima coast just after. It was only two days/one night. I got a nose bleed and my eye lashes fell out. These poor people face this everyday. My respect for them is so strong. TEPCO bosses should be in a cell. And govt collaboration people.

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That's right, really stick it to them.

Looking at their financials from 2017; with a turnover of 5.8 trillion yen and a profit of 288 billion yen, this fine is going to really get TEPCO thinking.

https://www.tepco.co.jp/en/corpinfo/ir/top-e.html

Lucky for TEPCO they can use some of the 116.9 billion yen they received in march to pay it off.

https://www.tepco.co.jp/en/hd/newsroom/press/archives/2020/hd_20200325-e.html

Shouldn't hurt the bottom line too much.

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