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TEPCO forced to apologise

September 8, 2014

TEPCO apologizes family over evacuee suicide


Sep. 8, 2014 - Updated 13:20 UTC+2

The operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant apologized to the family of a woman who committed suicide after she was forced to evacuate her home because of radiation released by the meltdowns in March 2011.

The Fukushima District Court last month ordered the Tokyo Electric Power Company to pay about 470,000 dollars in damages for the suicide of Hamako Watanabe.

The court acknowledged a sufficient causal relationship between her suicide and the nuclear accident.

TEPCO last Friday announced it will not appeal the ruling to a higher court.

The head of a TEPCO task force handling compensation matters in Fukushima, Michitaka Kondo, and other officials visited the Watanabe's family in Kawamata Town on Monday.

The officials thanked her husband, Mikio, for granting them the opportunity to apologize him in person.

They apologized for the accident, which they said ultimately took Hamako's life. They said they will pray for her repose.

Mikio thanked the officials for their sincerity, but said their apologies will not bring his wife back.

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