• A Tokyo court rules against Tepco over a dementia patient’s disappearance. The Tokyo District Court ordered the company to pay more than $200,000 in compensation to the family of a woman who vanished from a Futaba hospital a few days after the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011. The hospital staff left the facility on March 14th because of the Tokyo-mandated evacuation. Japan’s Self-Defense Force arrived on the 16th and was responsible for evacuating the patients. The woman was in the facility on the 14th, but was not there on the 16th. The front door was open because of the prolonged power blackout caused by the earthquake. The woman’s body has not been found. The court ruled that the hospital staff was “The woman died as a result of the emergence of exceptional circumstances which made it impossible for hospital staff to provide assistance to or keep an eye on the woman, because of the (nuclear) accident and because local residents left.” Presiding Judge Yuko Mizuno told the Press, “Staff at [the patient’s] hospital continued to keep a sufficient watch over her even after the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami struck, and her disappearance could have been avoided if the nuclear accident had not occurred.” Tepco had argued that “the confusion stemming from the quake and tsunami is primarily responsible for her disappearance, not the nuclear accident,” but the court rejected the company’s plea. http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201608110045.htmlhttp://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20160811/p2a/00m/0na/008000c