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344 displaced residents from Minamisoma sue TEPCO

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A group of 344 former residents of Minamisoma in Fukushima Prefecture are suing Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) for more than 6 billion yen in compensation for being forced to leave their homes due to the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

The group's lawyers filed the suit with the Tokyo District Court on Friday, NTV reported.

According to the suit, the plaintiffs are seeking damages for mental suffering experienced while living in less than adequate temporary housing after being forced from their homes in the Odaka area of the city in the wake of the nuclear disaster in March 2011.

Along with an individual payment of 10 million yen, the plaintiffs are also demanding monthly compensation of 200,000 yen for the next three years until the evacuation order is lifted for their hometown.

Although some areas in Minamisoma are now open for re-entry, none of the citizens has returned to their homes.

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Good for the citizens of (former) Minami-soma! TEPCO should pay up for being the lying, deceitful sob's they are. I wish this report had included a radiation reading of the town-be it a little or a lot. The treatment of the victims is still a deeply shameful case. Really, I do not not think the human race is mature enough to deal with nuclear power. Let's go for wind and every other renewable, sustainable energy source, which Japan has plenty of! OK?

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I don't think six billion is enough, and KNOW they'll never see it to boot, if they even see a dime. The law never sides with the people its meant to protect in such cases, and pretty much always side with big business. At best we'll get a "We know they've suffered unjustly, BUT...", and maybe get some tiny pittance like 10,000 if they sign an agreement saying they cannot hold TEPCO liable for anything else from then on, and after that never expect any kind of compensation ever.

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Don't some lawyers in the US see an opportunity to make millions here in Japan? Team up with Japanese lawyers and sue Tepco for everything they got and did. Someone should take this to the International Court so justice can be done for these poor folks who had their cozy beautiful homes taken away from them by the nuclear plant.

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What is TEPCO stock worth these days? It should be close to 0 after all the harm and suffering to people and to the environment caused.

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Part of the power bill included an insurance to cover a Disaster? Apparently that covered a structure good for two years. And free reign on government monies while raising prices. I hope they win it would be nice to see a group of citizens win?

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mitokomonalex: Don't some lawyers in the US see an opportunity to make millions here in Japan? Team up with Japanese lawyers and sue Tepco for everything they got and did. Someone should take this to the International Court so justice can be done for these poor folks who had their cozy beautiful homes taken away from them by the nuclear plant.

Even in US in some cities, local attorneys and judges don't like lawyers even from the state capital coming to their towns to prosecute damage cases. Can only imagine the response of Japanese jurisprudence to US attorneys barging in, different language, different laws, different customs, no previous relationship with local attorneys, etc etc etc.

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Yeah, it is a good thing to see these people calling on TEPCO to pay for their suffering, but the dark side is, if they win, they will only increase electricity tariffs to compensate for it. This means that, if the peopl win, the other people will pay for it. :-(

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