Fukushima court rules against nuclear operator in suicide suit: Kyodo

Reuters News
Posted: Aug 26, 2014 12:41 AM

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Fukushima district court has ruled that Tokyo Electric was responsible for a woman's suicide following the March 2011 nuclear disaster and must pay 49 million yen ($472,000) in compensation, Kyodo news reported.

Mikio Watanabe's civil suit claimed that plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co Inc <9501.T> (Tepco) was to blame for the July 2011 death of his wife, Hamako, 58, who doused herself in kerosene and set herself on fire after falling into depression.

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(Reporting by Kaori Kaneko in TOKYO and Lisa Twaronite in FUKUSHIMA, Japan; Editing by Chris Gallagher)