ABC: Fukushima victims must repay money to Tepco (AUDIO)

Published: February 19th, 2013 at 7:16 am ET


Title: Company asking Fukushima victims to repay compensation: Greenpeace
Source: ABC Radio Australia
Author: Mark Willacy, North Asia correspondent
Date:  February 19, 2013
h/t Pu239

[…] A report by the environmental activist group Greenpeace, to be released later today, points out that the firms that helped design and build the Fukushima reactors [such as General Electric, Toshiba and Hitachi] are not required to pay a cent in compensation and are profiting from the disaster.

Meanwhile, the ABC program AM has learned that the operator – TEPCO – is handing out what’s called ‘temporary’ compensation which victims of the meltdown have to repay.

“We had that money deducted from our compensation. I was surprised, so I called TEPCO and said that they were using dirty tricks, that they were using fraud. Why did they give it to us to if we had to pay it back?” –Yukiko Kameya of Futaba

Full broadcast here

Published: February 19th, 2013 at 7:16 am ET


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36 comments to ABC: Fukushima victims must repay money to Tepco (AUDIO)

  • Flapdoodle Flapdoodle

    Just when I think things couldn't get any more incredible.

    • redwing redwing

      I'm sorry, but we're going to have to bill you for that sentiment.

      Understand that continued expression of horror and anxiety over what has happened at Fukushima Daichi can only serve as a continuing economic drain on our profits. We cannot allow that, and we've warned you before of the consequences of your unrestrained concern over your health and the health of your loved ones.

      Your three-eyed, two-spined offspring will thank you for your subservience in this matter.


    So how's that go? "The capitalist will sell the rope that's used to hang them." Seems there's no end to the stupidity of these people…

  • This is either black propaganda to smear Greenpeace or just another corporate day of profits-before-people. I honestly can't tell which.


      so, how does Greenpeace come into question…here? They're only releasing the report…

      • They might backpedal, claim they didn't say any such thing, and claim Greenpeace made the whole thing up. If too many people become disgusted by the whole KlepC0 affair, they may still try this. After all, the corp-friendly media will report as truth the most amazingly obvious lies already.


          like that KlepCO thing, nobuggy…

        • PavewayIII PavewayIII

          Greenpeace doesn't come into question here at all because they never made that statement and it certainly won't be the main subject of the report.

          ENENews repeated and slightly reworded the misleading title that ABC Radio Australia used. If you read the text of ABC-RA article, it only refers to the particular corporate cowards that Greenpeace is reporting on: the firms that designed and built the Fukushima reactors – no financial responsibility and now profiting from the disaster. Then, this:

          "…Meanwhile, the ABC program AM has learned that the operator – TEPCO – is handing out what's called 'temporary' compensation which victims of the meltdown have to repay…"

          So it's actually ABC's AM program that just learned about the nature of TEPCO's payouts. The audio clip from that program translates the words of a 68-year-old refugee understandably confused by TEPCO's arrangements. The clip's title uses the same misleading title, "Company asking Fukushima victims to repay compensation: Greenpeace (Credit: ABC)"

          I understand ABC Australia's efforts to make Greenpeace look like tinfoil-hat nutters by mis-attribution. I have no idea why ENENews would repeat that title when a simple read of the short article shows otherwise.

    • “When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will they discover that they cannot eat money.”     'Cree' prophecy

  • Flapdoodle Flapdoodle

    I would like to see the people send TEPCO a bill for storing radioactive wast on their front lawns.


      on the floor Flapdoodle!

    • We Not They Finally

      Honestly, I'd like to see those people run out in the streets and SCREAM. Their humanity, their health, their children, their future are all already stolen. It's tragically painful to even watch.

  • PavewayIII PavewayIII

    TEPCO, just like Exelon, Duke and Entegy, have to be forced by the courts to eventually pay compensation. That gives them ten years or so to drag out the process in courts – plenty of time for their victims to die off.

    The initial payments were described by TEPCO as advances on final compensation, if I remember right. I don't think this isn't anything new. I don't think these 'advances' were even required (their laws, not mine), but they had to do something to shut the victims up and generate PR. Nobody has to pay it back, but an advance is not free money.

    Seriously, does anyone here really believe TEPCO would hand out one more yen of compensation then they absolutely have to? Would Americans here expect their utilities to act differently? I can't imagine many victims were reading the fine print at the time or were in a position to complain about it. Same thing will happen when the U.S. has it's next accident.

    I suppose everyone will be surprised when Bechtel, Shaw, GE and Westinghouse are not required to pay compensation. Lawsuits? Sure. I give those twenty years *after* the utilities settle.

  • pcjensen

    the repayment requirement was news months ago. last year. I tweeted that out when it first became news. This is not new, they just kept it under the rug for awhile…like many things Fukushima.

  • nedlifromvermont

    Good time to remember Mike Moore's message in "Capitalism, A Love Story": corporations will get away with murder and regularly do, as with benefiting from life insurance payouts when employees die, the family gets nothing.

    the message: Corporations love themselves, not others. Narcissists like Jamie Diamond (first generation Greek import) run the show, are above blame, have sycophantic Congressmen eating out of their hands, know no humility.

    So we are left with mocking irony, a la "Notice how concerned General Electric is about the unfolding radiological nightmare in Japan; see all those press releases by GE about how to manage runaway coriums; notice the GE flag waving over all those special assistance forces rushing to the aid of a key, beleaguered client State; remember the US Calvary rushing in to save the settlers from the cruel Indians, who at least understood you can't eat money. What a brave and noble General Electric to engage in such self-sacrifice to clean up a problem they created; didn't you see little Jeffie Immelt in the Tyvek suit, wiping up the radiation? What an impressive soul, that capitalist, corporate champion, saving the world …"

    And we will mock them. And we will chide them. And we will "hiss them to their graves …" (Shakespeare)

    peace 'newsers; hold tight; it will get worse; and we need every one of us to remain strong and defiant in the face of this long-coming global tragedy …


      love that closing quote, nedlifromvermont…

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      We don't have capitalism in the US anymore. We have Fascism. We don't have a democracy, we have a kleptocracy. Also please stop taking away blame from the Japanese by harping on the no longer extant GE.

      GE is not GE-Hitachi Nuclear nad Hitachi-GE Nuclear in Japan.

      And Toshiba owns 67% of Westinghouse:

      Westinghouse Electric Company

      “…Toshiba (67%) (majority owner)
      The Shaw Group (20%)
      KazAtomProm (10%)
      IHI (3%)[2]”…

      So the Yakuza owns much of American media along with the Australians.

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

        Sorry, typo:

        GE is now GE-Hitachi Nuclear nad Hitachi-GE Nuclear in Japan.

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

        TYPO, sorry:

        GE is now GE-Hitachi Nuclear and Hitachi-GE Nuclear in Japan.

        • nedlifromvermont

          Anne, I love your commitment … but stop trying to take GE off the hook … and they are still extant, as in largest purveyor of wind turbines … but Who developed the Mark I BWR and fixed the price on Oyster Creek to gain market share for these death machines??? Who built this market??? It was GE! Ge!! GE and Ge almost alone! GE-Hitachi was an afterthought …


  • jec jec

    The onus on the victims to prove damages needs to be changed. While in the USA, we embrace the concept of "innocent until proven guilty," well except for the drones proposed to be used in a recent criminal case. The INNOCENT clause seems to be used by businesses who pollute and force victims to forward pay themselves for any damages. Would think IF a hazardous material is found to be dumped into the environment by a BP or Texas Brine, then its up to the HAZMAT causing company to prove it DID NOT DO DAMAGE to health or environment. This "no immediate damage" a very bad comment. If "no Immediate" then it means long term damage is a given…Just saying the victims, if they have been exposed to dangerous products, should not have to PROVE damages which could occur in later years. The fact they are exposed should be enough, especially if they have the chemicals in their systems.

    There is no "innocent" in venting of radioactive products, dumping, injecting, and other pollution. And paying a US federal fine, that should be given directly to victims, not go into the federal payroll/pockets to agencies. If agencies did their jobs..we would not have as many "incidents."


      think I get your point jec. Problem is, any changes you're suggesting would have to be accepted by the very people who do nothing to uphold the laws, that are already on the books. Put another way: criminals are now running our world…

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

        In the US, the NRC has the sole authority to say if a nuclear power plant is safe or not. This is authority given to them by Congress. The stupid Congress needs to change this. The people should have the authority to make this decision, not the appointees of the "by and for" nuclear industry.


          thanks for your thoughts, anne. These representatives are perfectly capable of executing the law. Problem is, they have no intention of doing so…

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    The nuclear industry can't stop the billions of becquerels spewing from their daiichi plant. Radiation in the air we breathe, worldwide, continuously.

  • We Not They Finally

    Has anyone told TEPCO that they will have to be repaying their own lives back to God? Well, or to The Other Guy. Why would God take them back? They have no role in any civilized or human world. They are just a plague and a scourge to the rest of us.

  • We Not They Finally

    This is supposed to be Earth? This is Hell.

  • nedlifromvermont

    per Bob Marley … "Think you're living in Heaven, but you're living in Hell …"

    peace …

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Chernobyl Coverup And Denial Of 1 Million + Casualties; via A Green Road

    The Chernobyl Sacrifice; 1 MILLION Liquidators; via A Green Road

    Fuku is MUCH WORSE than Chernobyl….. Chernobyl was mainly uranium, freshly loaded. Fuku was OLD FUEL, highly toxic, 3 meltthroughs, plutonium MOX fuel, multiple spent fuel pool fires and melt downs, and multiple coriums underground, with continuous emissions and non stop leaks into the ocean, air and groundwater.

    If Chernobyl had 1 million victims up to now, and FUKU is 10-100 times worse, how many victims will there be in 20 years?

    • 16Penny 16Penny

      Q: "how many victims will there be in 20 years?"

      A: None. Deaths directly from radiation do not exist remember? Besides, this stuff is good for you. It actually does feel good to say it. Remember that when you smile it makes you invisible to radiation. 🙂

  • How bad is the fallout from Fuku…?

    Take a good long look..~~~!!!!

  • Bakersfield, CA will have folks in hospital in next few days.. walking dead folks…