Family of nuke crisis suicide victim to sue Tepco for damages via The Japan Times

FUKUSHIMA — The family of a woman who committed suicide amid the Fukushima No. 1 plant nuclear disaster intends to demand around ¥72.5 million in damages from Tokyo Electric Power Co., sources said Wednesday.

The family claims Hamako Watanabe, 58, set herself on fire last July due to her depressed state while living as an evacuee after her home in Kawamata, Fukushima Prefecture, was designated as a preparatory evacuation zone, the sources said.

According to a lawyer group representing victims of the nuclear crisis, this would be the first time a family has sued Tepco over a suicide related to the nuclear crisis.

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