„Wir erholen uns immer noch“: 11 Jahre nach der Atomkatastrophe von Fukushima kehren die Bewohner in ihr Dorf zurück

The media said the impact of the ruling as a precedent will be closely monitored.

A massive tsunami triggered by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake off the northeastern coast of Japan on March 11, 2011 struck the Tokyo Electric Power Plant (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi, causing the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl and forcing hundreds of thousands to leave their homes.

Prosecutors have sought damages from both Tepco and the country in several class action lawsuits, and in March the Supreme Court upheld an order by Tepco to pay 1.4 billion yen in compensation to some 3,700 people.

Japanese chef Hirokazu Matsuno declined to comment directly when asked about the ruling at a press conference, though he said he was aware of it.

“Regardless of the decision, we will remain close to those affected by the disaster and continue to do our best to rebuild and revitalize Fukushima,” he said.

About 470,000 people had to be evacuated in the first few days after the disaster, and tens of thousands have not been able to return to this day.

Lower courts disagreed on the extent of the government’s responsibility for anticipating the disaster and ordered Tepco to take action to prevent it.

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