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1,650 sue government, TEPCO over Fukushima damages

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There once was a time in Japan when corporate executives would kill themselves over mistakes that brought shame on the company, even for something as innocuous as financial irregularities. I have not heard of any TEPCO exec committing suicide. They obviously believe they have done no wrong.

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This was brought up before, and while these people deserve compensation 50,000 yen is cheap. They can't live on that, or even get a place to stay either. They should be asking for a hell of a lot more money in my opinion.

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DaveAllTogetherMar. 12, 2013 - 07:39AM JST

There once was a time in Japan when corporate executives would kill themselves over mistakes that brought shame on the company... They obviously believe they have done no wrong.

...and Japanese corporate executives also aren't what they used to be either. Good for these people to do what they're doing, especially because their demands aren't ridiculously unrealistic. All they want is their lives back, and 50K yen a month which doesn't seem like much for the pain and suffering that they've apparently been through.

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Yeah, it is all well and good to launch a case against them, but they will just turn around and say, "It is regrettable and we are sorry!" Case closed!

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The tentacles of the 'nuclear village' are deeply wrapped around all the institutions of Japan; industry, politicians, media, bureaucracy, academia, judiciary and the media. They will not wish to establish a precedent to pay out. Look how long Chisso Metals took to reluctantly accept the blame for Minamata disease, 19 years, by which time many of the victims were dead. Final settlements were made in 2010, 54 years after the pollution took place!

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About time, too. In any other free country, lawyers would have been seeking business from day one.

These people have been forgotten about. The present government does not care about them or Tohoku. They have to and should fight TEPCO and the government to get adequate recompense.

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Tepco really copied USA banks strategy , "Too Big Too Fail"

Japan people , please show them!

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about time...and they are asking too little....TEPCO should be bankrupt.

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Japan people , please show them!

Too late, and if the Japanese people took your advice who would be around to deal with the cleanup? Like it or not not everyone at TEPCO is evil, and like it or not, the government already has taken over much of TEPCO as well. And like it or not TEPCO is still producing needed electricity and is a necessity in the infrastructure of Japan.

The government can't let TEPCO fail, if it did the costs to the rest of the economy would be catastrophic.

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TWO YEARS have passed and these people are STILL without permanent housing. For shame, Japan!

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With so much dirt that TEPCO tried to hide under the carpet in the aftermath, they very much deserved it.

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@fds

about time...and they are asking too little....TEPCO should be bankrupt.

The dilemma is: Who else then will bring you the electricity that you need... for your computer, your cellphone recharger, your hair dryer...

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This is fantastic news! About time! A bit late, but better late than never. I hope they win, despite their chances against such giants.

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Too late, and if the Japanese people took your advice who would be around to deal with the cleanup? Like it or not not everyone at TEPCO is evil, and like it or not, the government already has taken over much of TEPCO as well. And like it or not TEPCO is still producing needed electricity and is a necessity in the infrastructure of Japan.The government can't let TEPCO fail, if it did the costs to the rest of the economy would be catastrophic.

The Japanese government still think money is more important than lives.

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Disillusioned: "Yeah, it is all well and good to launch a case against them, but they will just turn around and say, "It is regrettable and we are sorry!" Case closed!"

No no no... The current government will blame it on the DPJ and Kan government in particular, saying it's not the current government's fault (admittedly they'll throw in a regrettable here and there), while the TEPCO head will blame it on former heads, and if things get too hot for him he'll 'retire' with a massive severance package to a job that pays him tens of millions a year for his 'expertise' in the field. A new president will be hired who will 'make it (his) mission to clean up the industry!', etc. etc.

Meanwhile it was reported in other media that forests in areas outside the no-go zone are measuring high in pollution not just in the leaves and the trees, but in the soil, meaning groundwater, and meaning people cannot go back to areas near there.

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Money isn't going to solve this situation. If I was the plantiffs I would rather be asking for land & a home in another part of Japan as payment

Because you have 1600 , asking for 50,000 a month x 12 months = 960000000 yen a year

So the J-Gov't will just issue more debt, fire up the printing presses and magically make more money to pay these people, which won't help them at all, and just further debases the currency

Why not relocate them to another part of Japan, give them land and homes so they can move on with their lives.

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Nuclear Power Plants are safe against tsunami and eartquake. This is what they taught kids in Japanese schools in books printed from taxpayers money. Sue the hell out of them. They were lying to all of you!!!

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Good luck to them. They are only asking for reasonable amounts, too reasonable for TEPCO's unreasonable actions or inactions

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