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29 September, 2017

Status of Class Action Lawsuits Filed by Evacuees after Fukushima Daiichi Accident

Rulings have begun in cases brought by evacuees against the Japanese national government and the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO). "Atoms in Japan" looks at the first two of those rulings, which observers say are difficult to understand.

Class action lawsuits

So far, 28 class action lawsuits have been filed at 20 district courts and branches: Sapporo, Sendai, Fukushima (4 cases), Fukushima Koriyama Branch (2), Fukushima Iwaki Branch (3), Yamagata, Tokyo (3), Yokohama, Saitama, Chiba, Maebashi, Niigata, Nagoya, Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Hiroshima, Okayama, Matsuyama and Fukuoka, involving about twelve thousand plaintiffs in total. Courts in Maebashi and Chiba have already issued rulings.

Outline of rulings

The rulings and key issues in cases at the Maebashi and Chiba District Courts are summarized as follows:

Schedule hereafter

Rulings are expected at the Fukushima District Court on October 10, and at the Kyoto District Court, Tokyo District Court and the Iwaki Branch of the Fukushima District Court in March 2018.

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