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(Update) Court Rejects Damages Claim over Tsunami Deaths in Japan

(Update) Court Rejects Damages Claim over Tsunami Deaths in Japan

   Morioka, Iwate Pref., April 21 (Jiji Press)--A district court on Friday turned down a claim for damages against the city government of Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, northeastern Japan, by the families of two people killed in the March 2011 tsunami.
   The families demanded some 90 million yen per victim in compensation, accusing the city government of failing to inform residents that a disaster prevention center in the Unosumai district was not an appropriate evacuation site for tsunami.
   The two and some 200 others died during evacuation at the center after it was hit by the tsunami caused by a massive earthquake. The tsunami nearly reached the roof of the two-story building and completely destroyed it.
   The family of one of the two victims indicated plans to file an appeal, according to lawyers for the plaintiffs.
   The plaintiffs claimed local residents had mistakenly believed the center was a tsunami shelter because the city government conducted evacuation drills there before the 2011 disaster.

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