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Plaintiffs soon to exceed 10,000 in lawsuits against TEPCO seeking extra compensation

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How long will it be until these people are not even allowed to evacuate Japan? How long can the world ignore Fukushima?  Are we so doomed by this that no one dares even whisper about it in mainstream news USA?

May 05, 2015

The Asahi Shimbun

By ATSUSHI KOMORI/ Senior Staff Writer

Dissatisfied with government-orchestrated compensation, the number of local residents and others affected by the Fukushima nuclear crisis who have sued Tokyo Electric Power Co. is expected to soon top 10,000 plaintiffs.

According to a lawyers' group supporting the plaintiffs, a total of 9,992 people, including those who lived in evacuation zones or voluntarily fled their homes, have joined 25 lawsuits filed with 20 district courts and court branches across Japan, including Sapporo and Fukuoka, by the end of April in the four years since the disaster.

The first such case was brought to court in December 2012 by evacuees from Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, and elsewhere.

The plaintiffs are demanding that TEPCO, operator of the wrecked Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, pay additional compensation and bring down radiation levels near the facility to pre-disaster conditions.

Because 900 people have joined the suits since January, the number of plaintiffs seeking compensation for damages related to the nuclear disaster triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 will most likely exceed 10,000 in the not-too-distant future, the lawyers’ group said.

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