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SICK U.S. NAVY SAILORS SUE JAPAN'S NUCLEAR POWER COMPANY FOR KNOWINGLY EXPOSING THEM TO FUKUSHIMA RADIATION: CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT FILED ON 2/6/2014
U.S. Navy sailors have filed an Amended Complaint in the United States District Court in San Diego against Tokyo Electric Power Company, known as TEPCO, alleging that TEPCO deliberately lied to the public and the U.S. Navy about the radiation levels at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear Power Plant at the time the Japanese Government was asking for help for victims of the March 11, 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami. The Complaint currently identifies 81 Plaintiffs, but up to 70,000 U.S. citizens were potentially affected by the radiation and will be able to join the class action suit.
This lawsuit is based on the sailors' participation in Operation Tomadachi (meaning "Friends"), providing humanitarian relief in response to the Japanese Government's calls for help after the March 11, 2011 devastation caused by the Earthquake and Tsunami. The Complaint alleges Negligence, Strict Liability for Failure to Warn, and Design Defect, among 9 total claims for damages, including claims for illnesses such as Leukemia, ulcers, gall bladder removals, brain cancer, brain tumors, testicular cancer, dysfunctional uterine bleeding, thyroid illnesses, stomach ailments and a host of other complaints unusual in such young adults. The injured servicemen and women will require treatment for their deteriorating health, medical monitoring, payment of their medical bills, appropriate health monitoring for their children, and monitoring for possible radiation-induced genetic mutations. Some of the radiological particles inside of these service personnel have long half-lives, from 6 to 50 to 100 years.
The sailors allege that TEPCO knowingly and negligently caused, permitted and represented false and misleading information concerning the true condition of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant to be disseminated to the public, including the U.S. Military, and that TEPCO knew that the Plaintiffs were going to be exposed to unsafe levels of radiation because TEPCO was aware the nuclear power plant was experience 3 reactors melting down. On December 14, 2013, Naoto Kan, Japan's Prime Minister at the time of the disaster, told a gathering of journalists regarding the first meltdown: "People think it was March 12th but the first meltdown occurred 5 hours after the earthquake."
One Sailor, age 22, has been diagnosed with Leukemia and is losing his eyesight. In his declaration to the court he states, "Upon my return from Operation Tomadachi, I began losing my eyesight. I lost all vision in my left eye and most vision in my right eye. I am unable to read street signs and am no longer able to drive. Prior to Operation Tomadachi, I had 20/20 eyesight, wore no glasses and had no corrective eye surgery. Additionally, I know of no family members who have had leukemia."
The Plaintiffs would like the general public to contact their members of Congress, locally elected officials, and President Obama and implore them to tell the Government of Japan to (1) apply the principles of "Operation Tomadachi" to the Plaintiff-victims and help these U.S. Sailors; and (2) tell TEPCO to stop shirking responsibility for their publically acknowledged wrongdoings.
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