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Japan's top court rules gov't not liable for Fukushima disaster


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Whats the difference. TEPCO, JGov, and the regulators are all run by the same people.

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Surprise of the century right here.

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The Supreme Court is part of the 'Japan Establishment' and will support the government.

The same Nuclear Regulatory Authority, which was found negligent in many Lower Courts in supervising the power utility TEPCO, is a department of the Japanese government, and part of the Cabinet since 2012.

No surprise here.

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the JGOV is preparing the WAR with China but can not protect its own citizen! I am still remembering the politician on TV eating Fukushima's radioactive strawberry in 2011 and said OICHI!

Sorry for you plaintiffs, welcome to the circus who just sucks you taxes and destroys your lifes.

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Japan Inc, lives another day.

Doesn't matter if its crappy wages,no benefits,Minamata,Fukushima,Moritomo Gakuen,Gake Vet School.......the court will only rule in favour of the establishment not the rank and file.

No wonder......the population is plummeting......the plebs have given up.

8 ( +22 / -14 )

“Turn the lights on and watch the roaches scatter.”

the government owned less than 50% of TEPCO before the meltdowns. This means they should be liable to pay an equal percentage of compensation.

Cue Judge Dread: “I am the law!”

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And the Japanese people work stupid hours but the government use that, when there is a disaster it’s their fault. I get it? Weirdly it’s really important for the government to protect unlawful stupid practices by their weezIng old friends. It really is just too hard to make sensible laws, And it’s just nice to have a legal system that is told what to do.

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We have decided that we are not liable for the Fukushima disaster.

7 ( +13 / -6 )

Par for the course.

Were you seriously expecting a different ruling?

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99% of people here will anything from Fukushima, guess it doesn’t affect folks in Japan? Sons international school’s lunches contain nothing from there or close by , it’s all listed for us all to see which is nice some people care.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

Nothing fair and just in this country.

-3 ( +9 / -12 )

No justice in Japan anymore.

only obedience to power and vested interest.

who has chosen judges of supreme court in Japan is present Japanese government who want to continue cling to nuclear power.

Government can evade responsibility by this judgment even if next nuclear disaster will kill million people.

-2 ( +4 / -6 )

To think that there wouldn’t have been an earthquake and tsunami in Fukushima when historical records prove that there had been before, make a mockery of this ‘judgement’

Having witnessed and felt, firsthand, the absolute destructive power of the Kobe earthquake, I can say with clarity that Japan needs to get rid of these monsters…

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How can the supreme court rule against themselves! They are the government. Like I have said many times the government is the only company that hires people, pay them great benefits to control the masses and not put out any products out but get money back for doing not.

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The LDP cannot be liable or accountable, ever.

This is because the pro-US group (set up during the Occupation) must retain power in order to allow their benefactor to do what it wants in East Asia.

Get used to it.

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Thing is, if you know someone has been drinking or you own a bar and you have a patron that has been drinking, you can be held liable if there is an accident caused by the drinker. That is what the J-Gov has decided.

However, the J-Gov has also decided that it is not responsible for nuclear accidents because it has decided that its not up to them to make sure these facilities are safe. Wow, talk about a double standard.

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Given Japan’s history of Coastal damages caused by Earthquakes & Typhoons DOJ & TEPCO geological surveys should have identified the location for facility as extremely likely to become a National Disaster. Japan has one of the best earthquake monitoring systems in the world and over the years have surely developed a Seismograph overlay chart of potential “hotspots”. Nuclear power facilities properly monitored/managed have proven worldwide to be Safe & an excellent source of Energy distribution. I doubt seriously that TEPCO could have received permission to construct the facility without due diligence of all that oversight. That said I cannot see how the courts came to a “No Fault” Decision in favor of DOJ solely!!!

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Is it off topic or just inconvenient to mention that many of these plaintiffs were receiving monthly payments from TEPCO as living next to a reactor is regarded as a risk or at least undesirable?

They were happy to take the money at the time. I'm wondering if those payments came with a no claim clause?

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Japan's government had thrusted nuclear plants as national policy, prioritize benefit, disrespect safety, caused nuclear disaster, and victimized people's many important things such as the human lives or health or ordinal life or home or jobs or history of local communities or future.

but, no one punished and no authorities take responsibility in Japan where democracy is dying.

Japan will continue to victimize people for the state or vested interests.

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As was said, Anyone alive when this happened will remember it was TEPCO and TEPCO alone that caused this by refusing to use sea water to cool the reactor. Instead they felt they could have their cake and eat it too.

it’s no surprise that the government isn’t liable because the government wasn’t liable at the time. I remember clear as day that they even told TEPCO to do something to secure the safety of the reactor.

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Appeal, Appeal, and Appeal until you shake the conscious of these judges. the government should bare some responsibility for failing to order TEPCO to take the proper safety measures based on the data provided.

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The ruling Friday — which applied to some 3,700 Fukushima residents — was the first word from the top court for evacuees who demanded that the state, not just the utility, pay compensation for the damages inflicted to their lives.


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Expecting a different result was too much to ask, it was clear from the beginning that this was a fixed thing, but making the effort to bring the issue to the top court is still something with meaning

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Ever wonder why all government documents are using the imperial dating system.

Hiding in plain sight.

Just because they say it's a democracy here in Japan doesn't make it so.

The government isn't held responsible for the disaster to provide assistance and not responsible for dealing with management of contaminated water either release into the environment.

But everyone will need to pay a new environmental protection tax soon.

Safety standards are a joke in Japan.

The government is not responsible !

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Maybe iam just too stupid

Your not stupid !

They are !

They purchased the reactors from the USA but decided to ignore the safety standards advised by the USA when they assembled them in Japan.

Due to the volcanic fault zones - only a complete idiotic irresponsible company would have put a nuclear power plant at that location and especially without the correct safety standards.

Safety standards are a joke in Japan because linear thought patterns are rare !

Why that is appears to be a mental issue .

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