Residents suing developer for landslide damage

Residents in Aoba-ku, Sendai, are suing the developer of their subdivision for 200 million Yen in compensation after their homes were destroyed by landslides in the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake.

8 residents from five households in the Minamiyoshinari area in Aoba-ku () are claiming that the Sumitomo Mitsui Construction and Mitsui Home failed to adequately prepare the ground against land slips when developing their subdivision. 

Sendai’s hillside houses still at risk of landslides

The hillside residential areas in Sendai City suffered from serious landslides during the March 11 Tohoku earthquake and a recent survey by Kyoto University’s Disaster Prevention Research Institute has shown that landslides are continuing in these neighborhoods.

While aftershocks and heavy rains were thought to be the main cause, the Institute said that it is unusual for landslides to continue for such a long period of time.

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