Fallout evacuees to sue for damages


Residents forced to flee from fallout ejected by the Fukushima No. 1 power plant meltdowns plan to sue the government and plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. in 14 district courts across the country, it was learned Sunday.

Similar suits filed by 1,278 evacuees are already pending at 11 district courts, lawyer Motomitsu Nakagawa said.

As the third anniversary of the disaster approaches, the central government is trying to dismiss the suits, claiming the blackout-induced meltdowns at the aging and poorly protected power plant were unforeseeable.