United States Navy sailors filed a lawsuit this week against the Japanese government for allegedly lying about the human right to health risks they faced assisting in rescue efforts after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.
For over a year, Japanese and American outrage about Fukushima disinformation and a lack of aid for people at risk from Fukushima fall-out, had seemingly fallen on deaf ears until the Navy’s lawsuit.
Japan misrepresented radiation levels to lull US Navy ‘into a false sense of security’
USS Ronald Reagan Navy crew members filed a lawsuit in Federal Court in San Diego, California this week to try to hold Japan accountable for long-term damage caused during “Operation Tomadachi,” the spring 2011 relief effort.
The operation sent sailors near Japan’s coast to assist in days after an earthquake and tsunami ravaged the island nation, caused a level 7 meltdown at three reactors in the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, created thousands of energy refugees and left 300,000 Japanese children still being radiated daily.
(Also see: Fukushima worst confirmed, radiated children need evacuation)
Eight Navy sailors from the USS Reagan, say Japan did not act honestly in regards to explaining the severity of the meltdown and the risks they faced in the relief efforts.
The plaintiffs are asking the state-owned Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) for $10 million in compensatory damages, plus another $30 million in punitive damages for fraud, negligence, strict liability, failure to warn, public and private nuisance and defective design, according to Courthouse News Service.
The sailors also want TEPCO to establish a $100 million fund to pay for future medical expenses that might accrue from their relief effort.
Courthouse News claims that plaintiffs say in the complaint that TEPCO, “a wholly owned public benefit subsidiary of the government of Japan,” misrepresented radiation levels after the meltdown in order to lull the US Navy “into a false sense of security.”
The United States government also agreed to downplay Fukushima radiation by deliberately minimizing the catastrophe, partially due to a pact Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signed with Japan, according to Arnie Gundersen.
(See: Radiating Americans: Fukushima rain, Clinton’s secret food pact)
Gundersen told SolarIMG that high-level people he knows in the State Department said Hillary Clinton signed a pact with her counterpart in Japan agreeing for the United States to continue buying food from Japan, despite that food not being properly tested for radioactive materials.
“So we are not sampling the food coming into the United States,” he said, repeating, “The US government has come up with a decision at the highest levels of the State Department, as well as other departments who made a decision to downplay Fukushima.”
Human rights to health of children and pregnant women, the most vulnerable to radiation, have been violated in what Greenpeace called “scandalous collusion,” a planned Fukushima nuclear cover-up conducted by government and the multi-national nuclear industry.
(See: ‘Scandalous collusion’: Gov’t, nuclear industry planned Fukushima cover-up.)
Due to what Gundersen said is an ongoing cover up of Fukushima radiation of Americans, he called on citizens with Geiger counters to send samples to him for independent research.
Gundersen advises people taking samples to note the location and time the sample was taken, wrap the sample in a triple layer of foil, and mail it to Fairwinds.
Meanwhile this week, the primary “environmental” company hired by the Navy and by Louisiana Department of Natural Resources for expertise in the Bayou Corne “sinkhole” disaster, Shaw Environmental LLC, received a state Violation Notice for not collecting or reporting alarming radiation level data on Treasure Island, California.
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