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Brain-Heart Law Wins Damages on behalf of Namie-Town Residents

Brain Heart Law Offices
In the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), the Association of Bereaved Families of Namie Town has demanded compensation from TEPCO for the delay in searching for and containing victims of the tsunami caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake due to the accident at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. On March 23, 374 bereaved family members and TEPCO agreed to a settlement proposal presented by the Nuclear Damage Dispute Resolution Center. Both parties will formalize the process with the signing of a settlement agreement.

The agreement was reached by the family members of 173 people who died due to the tsunami in Namie Town. At the fourth oral hearing held in Tokyo on March 23, the bereaved families and TEPCO agreed on a statement of reasons for the proposed settlement. The reasons included an apology from TEPCO, which the bereaved families had strongly demanded.

According to Harutaka Kanno, an attorney from Brain-Heart law firm representing The Association of Bereaved Families, TEPCO will pay between 600,000 and 200,000 yen per bereaved family member per victim, depending on the blood relationship with the victim. The breakdown is as follows:  

Morihisa Kanouya, 73, chairman of the Association of Bereaved Families, said, “We don’t know whether TEPCO is sincerely apologizing. The amount of compensation is far from what we are seeking, but we felt there was a limit. We would like to work for the world so that such a sacrifice will never happen again.