It’s been two years and nine months since the March 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami disaster swallowed up whole cities and caused one of the worst nuclear power disasters in history. For much of the world, the devastating event is a distant memory.
But for many living near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, like the inmates at a prison located within the nuclear evacuation zone, the Tohoku earthquake and the persistent effects of the subsequent nuclear disaster altered their lives forever. So says a former inmate of a prison in Fukushima who is formally suing TEPCO for emotional distress.
The unnamed inmate says the disaster profoundly affected her life and the lingering radiation in the evacuation zone caused her prolonged emotional grief and worry, especially after her request for a prison transfer to a location outside of the evacuation zone was denied.
The woman says TEPCO owes her 3 million yen in damages to make up for the nuclear meltdown deeply affecting her life – even forcing her to cancel plans to have a baby for fear the child would suffer birth defects.
The woman was only imprisoned for three years and is now free.
Source: MSN Sankei News
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