12 Octobre 2017
October 12, 2017
TEPCO ordered to compensate golf course
A Tokyo court has ordered the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant to pay nearly 6 million dollars in compensation to the operator of a golf course damaged as a result of the 2011 nuclear accident.
The course is located within 30 kilometers of the plant, in the city of Minamisoma, in Fukushima Prefecture.
In its suit against Tokyo Electric Power Company, the course's operator demanded decontamination work and compensation for a decline in visitors.
Tokyo District Court presiding Judge Yuko Mizuno dismissed the decontamination demand on Wednesday. She said it wasn't clear how the work would be carried out.
However, the judge did acknowledge that part of the course was rendered unusable, and that fewer golfers were coming as a result.
She said it would take at least 10 years for the course to be as profitable as it was before the 2011 accident, because of its location.
The judge ordered the utility to pay the golf course operator some 5.8 million dollars in damages.
TEPCO told to pay 670 million yen for golf club’s losses
By RYOSUKE YAMAMOTO/ Staff Writer
A court ordered Tokyo Electric Power Co. to pay 670 million yen ($6 million) to a golf course operator as compensation for revenue losses caused by the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Tokyo-based Kashima Sogyo, which runs the Kashima Country Club in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, had sought 5.8 billion yen from TEPCO on grounds the triple meltdown at the utility’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in 2011 resulted in a sharp drop in customers.
In her Oct. 11 ruling, Presiding Judge Yuko Mizuno of the Tokyo District Court said the nuclear disaster rendered part of the golf course unusable, causing financial hardship for Kashima Sogyo.
The judge calculated the company’s losses by comparing the club’s revenues prior to and after the accident.
Kashima Country Club was forced to close for three months in 2011 because the area it lies within, between 20 and 30 kilometers from the nuclear plant, was designated as an "emergency evacuation preparation zone."
Since reopening, only a limited section of the golf course has been available, and the number of customers has decreased.
The judge, however, dismissed the plaintiff’s demand that TEPCO decontaminate the golf course.
“The contents and method of decontamination have yet to be specified and therefore the demand is inappropriate,” she said.