Mikio Watanabe and his wife Hamako were forced to evacuate their home in Kawamata town
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Tepco to pay damages in Fukushima suicide case

A Japanese court has ordered the operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant to pay damages to the family of an evacuee who killed herself.

Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) will pay the family of Hamako Watanabe 49 million yen (£284,000, $472,000).

Ms Watanabe killed herself after she was forced to leave her home due to radioactive contamination.

The plant was badly damaged by the March 2011 tsunami, which knocked out cooling systems to reactors.

Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reports.

  • 26 Aug 2014
  • From the section Asia
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