Three former executives of TEPCO, the company that runs the Fukushima nuclear power facility, have been found NOT guilty of charges related to the 2011 nuclear disaster.
A court in Tokyo on Thursday ruled that the authorities were aware of the possibility of a tsunami hitting the region, but the forecast was too uncertain to take action.
This was the first time a Japanese court ruled on the question of whether individuals should face criminal punishment over the disaster.
Environmental group Greenpeace slammed the court's decision.
In 2015, a judicial review panel consisting of ordinary citizens judged that the executives should face trial.
In March 2011, a magnitude 9.oh earthquake off Japan’s northeast coast triggered an enormous tsunami that overwhelmed TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, causing reactors to meltdown.