NHK: Residents from outside Fukushima to sue gov’t over radioactive contamination — Compensation for health concerns (VIDEO)

Published: February 9th, 2013 at 2:51 pm ET


Title: Fukushima people to sue govt., TEPCO
Source: NHK
Date: Feb. 8, 2013
h/t Anonymous tip

[…] About 350 residents of Fukushima, Miyagi, Ibaraki and other prefectures will participate in the [class] action against the national government and Tokyo Electric Power Company.

At a news conference on Friday in Fukushima City, their representatives said they will demand that the defendants reduce the radiation levels of the areas where they have homes to those before the nuclear accident in March 2011.

They will also seek some 550 dollars per plaintiff per month in compensation for health concerns and indirect damage to their businesses. […]

NHK: “Some evacuees are so fed up they’re taking legal action…”

Lawyer: “This case has huge significance because we’re trying to show that blame not only lies with Tepco, but also with the government.”

Watch the video here

Published: February 9th, 2013 at 2:51 pm ET


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13 comments to NHK: Residents from outside Fukushima to sue gov’t over radioactive contamination — Compensation for health concerns (VIDEO)

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Anyone with higher radiation levels in water, food, land, and air should take legal action, no matter where they live.

  • lam335 lam335

    "… 550 dollars per plaintiff per month in compensation for health concerns and indirect damage to their businesses;;;

    I'm glad to see they are trying to sue the government that enabled this to happen, but $550 is not fair compensation for all they have lost. Even if their homes and businesses are "decontaminated," they will still be much more radioactive than they were before 3/11. They can't sell the property, so they will still be stuck living in contaminated communities. $550 will barely cover a couple of doctors visits or medical tests. They deserve much more to truly be justly compensated.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Its about time and this entire current government should be removed and then be replaced with a new one…that does not promote Nuclear Technology.

    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      The choice is already there; Green Party.

      But people refuse to vote for it, becuase they are being brainwashed that voting for anyone but the dualopoly is 'wasting' your vote. Of course, both of those parties are owned by corporations. So it does not matter who you vote for in either one.

      Only the Green Party takes no corporate money, and is opposed to nuclear power, for the most part.

    • No matter who you remove or who you replace them with, there seems to be a culture of "we own the world" and ignoring regulations altogether:

      Nuclear watchdog execs held 30 illicit meetings with power firms
      [FEB 10, 2013]

      "A former senior official of the Nuclear Regulation Authority held at least 30 meetings with power company executives in violation of the new watchdog’s internal rules, it was learned Saturday.

      Tetsuo Nayuki, who served as director general of the NRA secretariat, met with representatives of regional utilities and power firms on his own even though the organization’s regulations prohibit its officials from participating in such meetings alone.

      The finding arose through interviews with the nine utilities that operate nuclear power plants, as well as Japan Atomic Power Co., Electric Power Development Co. (J-Power), the Japan Atomic Energy Agency and Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd.

      In the four months after the NRA’s launch last September, Nayuki held eight meetings with executives from Japan Atomic Power, seven with Hokuriku Electric Power Co., and four each with Kyushu Electric Power Co. and Tohoku Electric Power Co., among other huddles with senior power company officials."

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Art And Science Of Deception; Global Corporations And The 1%

    The Art of Deception: The Cult of Nuclearists, Uranium Weapons and Fraudulent Science; via A Green Road

  • $550 doesn't seem like much but if they win it will set a legal precedent. Imagine evidence of other nuclear tainted exposure in food and air and Tepco on the hook. This will be a good template for prospective nuclear investors. Not a good business model.

  • nedlifromvermont

    How exactly does Jolly Ol' GE avoid the liability 'tail'?? … seeing as they designed this Mark One BWR back in the 1960's to FAIL, when loss of coolant persisted for say forty minutes … and engineers knew and warned, from the inside, that containments were undersized for the dynamic loads, basically, that the unbreachable containment was, in fact, highly breachable …

    How, exactly, does this self-importrant 'person,' this corporation, avoid any blame for building a machine that has no 'off' switch, and no information in the owner's manual, and basically no CLUE as to what to do when things go awry … and nasty toxic poisons begin to spew out over somebody's beautiful mountain property, and decontamination is just so much another pipe dream, as the dream of an 'unsinkable' ship ….

    How exactly …

    peace! …

  • Jebus Jebus

    The corruption is rampant. Imagine going in to decontaminate, knowing you are risking your future, choosing to ignore the risks, bcause of the added hazard pay, then getting screwed out of your compensation. It's so disgusting, this culture in Japan is sickening.

    Ministry: Many Fukushima laborers deprived of danger pay

    The Environment Ministry has admitted danger pay has not been reaching some laborers entitled to a hefty bonus for their work on decontamination projects near the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

    Unscrupulous employers likely pocketed the missing cash, but the ministry says it will neither penalize them nor name and shame them because that "would have a big adverse effect," an official in charge of the matter said.

    The ministry does not know exactly how many workers received less than they should have because it did not oblige contractors to reveal those figures.

    But a decontamination project often involves anywhere from several hundred to several thousand laborers. Therefore, the number of individuals deprived of danger pay is likely to be in three figures and could be significantly higher.

  • 70,000 US Service Personnel exposed to radiation during Operation Tomodachi, here is the interview:

    Feel free to share everywhere.

  • Jay

    Let's zoom out for the bigger picture : health expenses that any government has to borrow to cover are a bonanza of income for the lenders/Central Banks/BigPharma .

    That's why TEPCO was governmentized , so it CAN keep borrowing ( as oppose to being able to declare bankropcy and became useless to the Banksters … ).

    So , let the Court Cases torrent so the Jap Gov will need to borrow more .
    What else will the Jap Gov be 'asked' to purchase to please the 'elite' investments and Keep the Credit Ratings necessary to borrow ? F-35s but at 'special' Higher prices ?

    The Bankster's P.S. : it is stupid to evacuate Japan , WHO will be left to BORROW ???