Three executives acquitted of negligence over Fukushima nuclear disaster

Three executives acquitted of negligence over Fukushima nuclear disaster

Three former executives of the company that operated the Fukushima nuclear plant were acquitted by a court in Tokyo on Thursday of professional negligence resulting in death and injury.  
Tsunehisa Katsumata, a former chairman of Tokyo Electric Power Co., was found not guilty of charges arising from the meltdown of three reactors at the company’s plant in March 2011, along with Ichiro Takekuro and Sakae Muto, both former vice presidents of the utility. 
All three men had initially been charged in 2016 with failing to heed reports that the Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant could sustain serious damage in the event of a major earthquake off north-east Japan that caused a tsunami. 
Prosecutors were seeking prison terms of five years, with all three men pleading not guilty. 
According to court papers, simulations indicated that tsunami measuring more than 50 feet tall were possible in the event of an off-shore tremor, with prosecutors claiming that despite the warnings, the three executives chose not to improve sea defences at the plant. 

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