Two days after the third year anniversary of the triple disaster that hit Japan in 2011, reports say the number of plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit that wants nuclear suppliers to pay compensation to the victims of the Fukushima nuclear disaster has risen to around 4,000. People as far as South Korea, United States and Germany among other countries have joined the claimants who are suing General Electric, Toshiba and Hitachi for 100 yen ($1) per person damages fee.
The first against nuclear suppliers since the 2011 disaster, the lawsuit claims that the firms involved were unable to make the necessary adjustments and updates on the safety of the reactor in the Fukushima Daiichi plant that caused one of the world’s biggest nuclear disasters. The statement issued by Akihiro Shima, legal representative of the claimants, said “General Electric, Toshiba and Hitachi failed to implement safety improvements to the four-decades old boiling water reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant.” The statement stressed that the lawsuit aims to raise awareness on the “system that protects the nuclear industry of the world.”
Current laws excuses nuclear plant suppliers from any damage claims in the event of an accident. As such, the plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co. is swamped with lawsuits and compensation expenses after the 2011 disaster. While GE refused to comment on the lawsuit, a spokesperson said that the plant “has performed reliably for more than 40 years” and pointed to a government report saying that “the accident was caused by the tsunami, and the resulting loss of seawater pumps and all electrical power, not reactor design.” Toshiba and Hitachi refused to comment at this time.
[via Channel News Asia]
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