A Japanese court on Tuesday ordered Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), which operates the ailing Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, to pay nearly half a million dollars as compensation in a lawsuit related to a woman's suicide.
It ruled Tepco responsible for the death of 58-year old Hamako Watanabe, who committed suicide after the Daiichi power plant exploded following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami on Japan's east coast.
Watanabe became depressed after the disaster forced her and her husband to leave their home. She self-immolated in July 2011, according to local news media.
"If that accident hadn't happened, we would have lived a normal, peaceful life" Hamako's husband told reporters in June.