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Displaced Fukushima residents to sue gov't, TEPCO

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I would ask the farmer residents how it was that their farms were located in close proximity to a nuclear plant in the first place, and whether they actually cared about the obvious risks at the time.

Did they express their concerns before the accident? Or whether they were happy to pocket the gov't subsidy and remain silent and complacent. You play, you pay.

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Um...probably because the NPP was built right next to them? I bet it was farmed land long before there was any nuclear power.

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If my neighbor causes, through their actions a situation that results in me and my family being displaced! Or having a justifiable fear of death, even forced to live in a school gym indefinitely I would sue. I have to support these people. It's not cool at all. They should have received the global donations that were sent, but there were other more pressing for the government.

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I would ask the farmer residents how it was that their farms were located in close proximity to a nuclear plant in the first place

Most farms in Japan have been in the family for generations, which means there was no nuclear power plant in close proximity 'in the first place'.

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They are only asking for 500 bucks a month? Are you sure there isn't a zero missing?

These people should be careful cos once they have completed their class action that will be the end of it. Dai-Ichi is still leaking radiation into the environment and will be for many years yet.

Meanwhile, Nero is demanding an apology from China while Japan burns!

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I bet it was farmed land long before there was any nuclear power.

Exactly. So what was the farmers response back when the plans were announced to put a huge nuclear facility in their midst? Did they reject it, protest it, raise concerns? Or did they pocket subsidies and remain silent in return, ignoring the risk?

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@JeffLee

Exactly. So what was the farmers response back when the plans were announced to put a huge nuclear facility in their midst?

Maybe the fact that they were told "Nuclear Power is CLEAN, CHEAP and SAFE" would have something to do with that ???

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JeffLee: It's a well known fact that TEPCO in particular gives false information to local residents before building an NPP in the area, whether the residents approve in the end or not. They play up things like employment opportunities and the boon to the economy (until a disaster!) and very, very much play down any potential dangers.

Anyway, these people are going to have to wait in line to get any compensation, including behind all the government's pork-barrel spending projects and money on things OTHER than reconstruction and compensation.

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50,000 a month is peanuts, and not reasonable by any means. Consider that possibly rent alone for an apartment, probably tiny at best, is going to cost that much and why should they have to pay for that when they have their own homes?

At a minimum, they should be asking for 100,000 yen per month or more, which would assist covering their expenses and some small compensation.

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Good on them. About time the citizens of Japan stood up to Japan Inc. and demanded it be accountable. Afterall, the taxpayers pay the government/bureaucrats' salaries and the fees to TEPCO. No doubt, however, the courts will find a way to rule againt them.

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Maybe the fact that they were told "Nuclear Power is CLEAN, CHEAP and SAFE"

I think the Japanese people, including farmers, have long understood the dangers and perils of radiation, including the radiation at nuke plants, more so than people in other countries. Saying the local folk were hoodwinked or brainwashed is patronizing them.

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So thats about 12,000 - 13,000 dollars. A modest amount to ask for really, I'm a little surprised it's not more.

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About time! They should have taken action ages ago!

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Unfortunately for us, any compensation likely won't be coming from the pockets of TEPCO's shareholders or members of the Japanese government, but from taxpayers.

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