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Cancer compensation claim by ex-Fukushima plant worker rejected

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This is not over. Keep up the fight.

17 ( +19 / -2 )

Anybody who volunteered, press ganged by hook or crook worked at the site should be given free health care at least. Be paid as much as a TEPCO executive and receive the thanks of all residents of Japan. They are cleaning up the results of incompetent company and government corruption. The area a no go zone for long after my great grand children expire. The man is another faceless man cleaning up incompetence by his overlords. Deserves much better.

16 ( +16 / -0 )

Two or three workers have died from cancer and had it recognized.

13 ( +13 / -0 )

you have to wonder how many people have gotten cancer and have not been recognized as Fukushima casualties- the gov has treated the Fukushima disaster the same way as it has treated the pandemic- by sweeping it under the rug and pretending that it doesn't exist.

12 ( +12 / -0 )

Shows that the judicial system is a joke. It’s tied to the government.

8 ( +10 / -2 )

Is this really medical fact?!

"the minimum latency period for cancer is five years, according to Presiding Judge Katsumi Takagi."

For the judge to rule on this, better it must be? Never heard of that before.

To the public, It would seem TEPCO continues to have "influence" not only on government lawmakers, but frightfully on Japanese law enforcers such as judges.

Hoping this is not the case!

Prayers and hopes go out to the man suffering from cancer and to those brave souls that did the dirty work and clean up for TEPCO.

Shame on TEPCO for not repaying those that helped them and Japan for a truly tragic disaster!

7 ( +8 / -1 )

Japanese are good at mastering the physical world and perfectionist. But when it comes to intangible, its very hard to see the invisible in Japanese culture. Hence, the zoobies in the office that stay till late at night, cause the boss thinks that is sign of good worker. COVID is an invisible enemy, one that Japan cannot see or understand. Radiation is same thing and will be managed in same way. Wont be able explain things logically to such an audience. Maybe Cartoon or Anime pictures might help.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

In a case like this, he should find others living, dying and families of those that have died and start a group. There's power in numbers.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

It really should not be on him to form a group to get justice. He is by defacto an employee of TEPCO thus the government as a major shareholder. The semantics are a moral question not a legal one. He worked in a highly dangerous environment for peanuts, Dodging the responsibility is morally reprehensible.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Shows that the judicial system is a joke. It’s tied to the government.

And big companies which are tied to...yawn.

basically the LDP/Nippon Kaigi/ Kanderein have drawn a line in the sand. I can’t translate “go to hell peasants” into Japanese.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

Tom DoleyToday  08:15 am JST

Shows that the judicial system is a joke. It’s tied to the government

You forgot to add big business. Corrupt as they come the whole lot of them. Disgusting how they treat their own!

5 ( +6 / -1 )

He contracted cancers around 5-22 months after starting work at the plant. It's not even close to the 5year minimum latency mentioned in the ruling.

But I would have tried also if in the same situation.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Can't have any of this cancer stuff interfere with our happy "United by Emotion" or the "Tohoku Recovery Olympics," feelings, can we.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

From the headline, I was sympathetic towards the man, but after reading further it seems the court is correct. His situation sucks, but is clearly not related to his Fukushima job.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Not sure what was his cancer but found that on the net. Number 3 is only 146 days.

The World Trade Center Health Program Administrator has determined minimum latencies for the following five types or categories of cancereligible for coverage in the WTC Health Program:

(1) Mesothelioma—11 years, based on direct observation after exposure to mixed forms of asbestos;

(2) All solid cancers (other than mesothelioma, lymphoproliferative, thyroid, and childhood cancers)—4 years,based on low estimates used for lifetime risk modeling of low-level ionizing radiationstudies;

(3) Lymphoproliferative and hematopoietic cancers (including all types of leukemia and lymphoma)—0.4 years(equivalent to 146 days), based on low estimates used for lifetime risk modeling of low-level ionizing radiationstudies;

(4) Thyroid cancer—2.5 years,based on low estimates used for lifetime risk modeling of low-level ionizing radiationstudies; and

(5) Childhood cancers (other thanlymphoproliferative and hematopoietic cancers)—1 year,

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Why does this remind me of the government's response to Minamata Disease?

Corporations and governments tend to hide, deny or downplay their responsibility regarding manmade environmental disasters.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Talking about radioactivity in Japan became social taboo again as same as before Fukushima nuclear disaster, infamous "nuclear safety myth" is about to be rebuilt.

It tries to make radiation disease or radioactive contaminated water issue looks small.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Typical of the Japanese system... you can never claim and win.

Stick your workers in a highly radioactive room, and guess what... Cancers will start pretty quickly... so that 5 year thing is complete rubbish.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

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