U.S. Navy sailors have filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court in San Diego against Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), General Electric, Toshiba, and Hitachi. The sailors accuse TEPCO of failing to prevent the radiation release and lying to the public and the U.S. Navy about the radiation levels at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear Power Plant at the time the Japanese Government was asking for help for victims of the March 11, 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami. Up to 70,000 U.S. citizens, who participated in Operation Tomodachi were potentially affected by the radiation and may be able to join the class action suit.
The lawsuit is based on the sailors’ participation in Operation Tomodachi (meaning “Friends”), where they provided humanitarian relief after the March 11, 2011 devastation caused by the Earthquake and Tsunami. The lawsuit includes claims for illnesses such as Leukemia, ulcers, gall bladder removals, brain cancer, brain tumors, testicular cancer, dysfunctional uterine bleeding, thyroid illnesses, stomach ailments and a host of other complaints unusual in such young adults. The injured servicemen and women will require treatment for their deteriorating health, medical monitoring, payment of their medical bills, appropriate health monitoring for their children, and monitoring for possible radiation-induced genetic mutations
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