Japan kindergarten told to pay $2.3m damages over tsunami deaths
TOKYO (AFP) - A Japanese court on Tuesday ordered a kindergarten to pay US$1.8 million (S$2.3 million) to parents of four children who died after being put on a bus that drove towards an incoming tsunami.
Minutes after the giant undersea earthquake of March 2011, staff at Hiyori Kindergarten, which sits on a hill in the badly-hit city of Ishinomaki, sent children home on a route that took them towards the sea.
Five children and one woman were killed when the bus was engulfed by the huge waves that swept over the seaside road as the bus was trying to turn around.
Sendai District Court ordered the kindergarten and its then-headteacher to pay a combined 170 million yen in damages to bereaved families.