Japanese anti-nuclear groups “No Nukes Asia Actions” and “No Nukes Asia Forum” appealed to Taiwanese citizens to join their campaign against a Japanese law that exempts nuclear plant equipment suppliers from legal responsibilities in the event of an accident.
Members of the two anti-nuclear groups said that they are planning to file the “Reactor Suppliers Lawsuit” against Toshiba Corp., Hitachi Ltd., and General Electric Co., the main manufacturers of the reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 Power Plant. The current Act of Compensation for Nuclear Damages in Japan, which was enacted in 1961, states that the government and nuclear power operator take sole responsibility in any damage caused by a nuclear power plant accident, taking away any burden from the reactor manufacturers. The group’s legal adviser, Akihiro Shima said that their advocacy is to hold the manufacturers accountable as well.
The groups are also seeking a symbolic compensation of 100 yen (about US$1) per individual plaintiff from each of the manufacturers as payment for “spiritual damages” from the 2011 accident. The lawsuit will be filed at the Tokyo District Court and the groups are hoping to have an additional 2,000 people join the plaintiff team by the month of February. They will also visit other countries such as the Philippines, South Korea, Mongolia, Indonesia, Canada, Germany and the United States to reach their goal of 10,000 people by the end of March.
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