Official: Criminal charges of “negligence resulting in death” may be filed against Japan gov’t

Published: April 12th, 2012 at 3:52 am ET
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Title: Fukushima Town Mulling Criminal Complaint over Radiation Data Delay
Source: Jiji Press
Date: April 11, 2012

The Namie town government in Fukushima Prefecture is considering filing a criminal complaint over delays in the disclosure of radioactive material diffusion estimates under Japan’s SPEEDI system, Mayor Tamotsu Baba said Wednesday. 

The local government will consider filing such a complaint on charges of professional negligence resulting in death. The complaint may be leveled against central and prefectural government officials, but the municipality may not identify the targets of the complaint, according to Baba. [...]

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14 comments to Official: Criminal charges of “negligence resulting in death” may be filed against Japan gov’t

  • kintaman kintaman

    Considering? Get on that! Why only Namie? Everyone should be filing criminal charges regarding the disaster and subsequent deceptions.

    Punishment: permanent onsite clean up at Fukushima Daiichi.


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    • datura17

      oh, no not permanent. see, then send them to take care of the deformed/mental children, for a reminder everyday of just what their actions resulted in.


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      • StillJill StillJill

        No,..No,..please,…don't let these PSYCHOPATHS near those precious children! (I know you were in gest).

        My precious 'downs baby',…..in the hands of those people? Kill me now LORD!


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  • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

    This is only the beginning. When nations immediately adjacent to Japan fully grasp the impact of this incompetence upon their resources and populace, they'll also make their move.

    The nuclear industries are finally being brought to their knees. We will, of course, be graced with the honor of picking up the tab for their arrogance. Time to dump those portfolios!!!


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    • AFTERSHOCK,
      So true, Sp many Nations will raise their voices when the lies fail Japan !


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      • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

        Yes it is fox. I just woke up (literally) to this story and had to start my day with a smile. The Japanese government (aka TEPCO) is going to have a wonderful time attempting to defend themselves from those – all – about them! They've not only jeopardized the welfare of their own citizens but also those who were snookered into the cleaning-up of this nightmare. If the IMF hasn't gotten it by now, Japan is basically a write-off. Time for the money-junkies to move on the greener pastures…


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        • jump-ball jump-ball

          If someone has a history of how Ukraine's initial denial of Chernobyl contaminination was discovered by the Scandinavian reactor operators who first thought their plant was leaking, and then how the northern European fallout was measured, confirmed and recognized, and then how public support was raised for the eventual building of the joint northern Europe/Ukranian $1 BIL Novarka "new arch" now under construction beside the cracked and leaking 2nd amended sarcophagus at Chernobyl – that story would reveal a striking comparison with the miniscule, corrupt, criminal and deadly Japan-tepco water/ocean-cooling temperature control charade, and perhaps demonstrate the necessity for a gargantuan cover over Fuku I so that proper decontamination efforts could begin as will soon happen under the Novarka Arch by the contracted American company.

          See what the real scale of containment and decontamination looks like here (below), and consider if all the happy tepco and blog talk over Fuku temperature and piping isn't just so much meaningless, and dangerous, techno-babble:

          http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/video/2011/apr/19/novarka-chernobyl-reactor-arch-video


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  • lam335 lam335

    Two conflicting thoughts about this.

    This is what needs to happen. The only way governments and the industry in the future will provide timely and accurate information to surrounding communities in the next nuclear disaster will be if they know in advance that the penalty for not do so will be greater than whatever short-term benefit they think there is in withholding/suppressing/diminishing that information.

    In reality, however, the system is so corrupt that the courts are just going to turn to industry "scientists" as "experts" who will assure them that the levels released were not sufficient to cause any observed health effects–any illnesses and deaths will be blamed on the victims, who were destroyed by their own anxiety and failure to smile at the situation. That's what happened at TMI; I fear that is what will happen with Fuku too..


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    • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

      You are correct. The only difference is, this has – now – moved into the domain where all life – including the corrupt ones – is being effected. There was time (oh…how we long for the old days) when environmental crimes could be swept under the carpet. As they've long abused this world, these crimes have accumulated on such as scale as to effect not only the great unwashed but also the carriage class, as well. And they'll be no technical fix found in the doctor's office, as these abuses have created conditions and challenges to our very biology. On many levels, we are at a juncture that presages changes unlike any experienced since the ancient times. These changes shouldn't be feared but welcomed with open arms. I have long awaited them…


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  • Bobby1

    It's about time… charge them with first-degree murder. The nuke sociopaths are no different from the Charles Mansons and Ted Bundys, except their murders are on a much larger scale.


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    The next nuclear catastrophe will happen if we don't outlaw reactors. It's that simple.


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  • glowfus

    california dairy farmers; if the udder fits, you must,,,sorrry,! i only point out the geographic dimensions of this type of catasrtophe!


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  • Myme

    Yes, it is about time. I agree with Lam355, we need better laws and more severe penalty to force the industry and government act responsibly. The fact that no TEPCO or government officials have been charged yet, even as they violate the Japanese constitution as well as their own nuclear regulations every day, tells how corrupt they are.

    We also need to continue applying pressure to the Japanese government. Our discussion here (no matter goofing sometimes) and spreading it really helps. This is why.

    Traditional Japanese culture values "face saving" and "looking good" to outside. Often Japanese govt begins doing something about it only when other countries and overseas people like us start making noise. Example: the JP diplomats began making serious pleas about the SPF4 to their congressmen and UN — only after the German TV reported the ugly truth about the JP nuclear industry and corrupt regulators, only after Arnie Gundersen and alike talked publicly about the impending dangers, only after folks here at ENENEWS, ex-skf, and other sites began making big noise, and so on.

    TEPCO and JP government thought they could hide the truth, buy silence from the media with ads money, fool its citizens with misinformation, etc. It worked for a while, but now our voices are stronger and the Japanese people are finally waking up.

    So, we need to continue making noise to all politicians, not just about SPF3 or 4 but also Japanese incineration of the debris!!


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  • PhilipUpNorth philipupnorth

    14,000 excess deaths in US already from Fuku, peer reviewed study reports: http://www.fukushimaaccident.com/afterwork/us-deaths-from-fukushima-radiation-study-youtube-flv/
    Perhaps millions killed worldwide so far, with millions more to follow if Tepgov continues to do little to nothing. Shut them all down! Nuke industry, find honest jobs!


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