Fukushima residents forced out of their homes by the nuclear crisis plan to file group damages suits against the government and Tokyo Electric Power Co. on March 11, the second anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, their lawyers said Friday.

Around 10 households now living in Chiba Prefecture and about 10 families taking refuge in Tokyo are expected to file the suits in the Chiba and Tokyo district courts.

The lawyers said they believe these will be the first lawsuits targeting the central government for damages caused by the meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant.