Oct. 29, 2021
In a lawsuit filed by shareholders of Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) demanding compensation from the former management over the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, judges from the Tokyo District Court visited Fukushima Prefecture on March 29 and inspected the site of the plant. This is the first time that judges have inspected the site after the nuclear power plant accident.
On the morning of the 29th, two judges including Yoshihide Asakura, Chief Judge of the Tokyo District Court, clerks, and lawyers for the plaintiffs and defendants took a bus from JR Ono Station in Okuma Town, Fukushima Prefecture, to the site of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
The shareholders of Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) are demanding that the company compensate five former executives for the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
According to a lawyer for the shareholders, the inspection lasted for more than five hours, and they checked the condition of the buildings of Units 1 through 6, as well as the entrances and exits of buildings with important equipment, before and after the accident.
According to TEPCO, this is the first time that a judge has inspected the premises of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant after the accident.
After the inspection, Hiroyuki Kawai, a lawyer for the shareholders, said, “The judges asked TEPCO many questions and looked around the site seriously. It was a very meaningful inspection, and we are hoping for a good verdict.