Start A Petition

Greenpeace Report & Action - Fukushima Suffering Continues, But Nuclear Regulations Make the Public Pay

Business  (tags: Fukushima, nuclear disaster, Fukushima Fallout, Greenpeace, report, global nuclear regulations, nuclear industry, business, plant operators, key equipment suppliers, compensation, people pay, public, Japanese, suffering )

- 2340 days ago -
Report details how serious flaws in nuclear regulations leave the public, not nuclear plant operators or key equipment suppliers, to pay for vast majority of disaster costs. Unfair system's left hundreds of thousands in Japan w/out proper compensation


We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.


LucyKaleido S (82)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 3:32 am
Press release - February 19, 2013: Fukushima suffering continues, but nuclear regulations make the public pay
Tokyo, February 19, 2013 – The fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster continues for hundreds of thousands of victims in Japan still denied fair compensation from a regulatory system that allows the nuclear industry to evade its responsibilities and forces the public to pay for its disasters.


Take Action: "Yes! I agree that nuclear companies like General Electric, Hitachi and Toshiba should pay for the damage their reactors cause in disasters like Fukushima." Don't Let General Electric, Hitachi and Toshiba Walk Away from the Fukushima Disaster !: General Electric, Hitachi and Toshiba designed, built and serviced the reactors which directly contributed to the Fukushima nuclear disaster, yet these companies have NOT PAID ONE CENT of the cost for the reactor failures.

The cost of the Fukushima nuclear disaster is estimated at $250 billion US dollars.

ABC News, Feb 19: Residents Paying Back Fukushima Compensation

Nearly two years on from the meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear plant, there are accusations the nuclear industry is evading its responsibilities.

The disaster has mostly dropped out of the news in Japan and its victims remain largely hidden after being placed in tiny, so-called temporary apartments across the country.

The ABC has learned that TEPCO, the operator of the Fukushima plant, is handing out what are called "temporary compensation" payments - money handed out to victims of the meltdowns, but which must be repaid.

Yukiko Kameya used to live in the town of Futaba, close to the Fukushima nuclear plant, until the tsunami on March 11, 2011.

The 68-year-old was born and raised in Fukushima but knows she will probably live out her days in a tiny public housing apartment in Tokyo's colourless urban sprawl.

Ms Kameya was initially given $18,000 in compensation from TEPCO, but of that, $11,000 was temporary compensation, meaning once a final settlement was reached, that money would have to be paid back.

"We were living just 1.2 kilometres from the plant, and we escaped with nothing but the clothes on our back," she said.

"We had that money deducted from our compensation. I was surprised, so I called TEPCO and said that they were using dirty tricks, that they were using fraud.

"Why did they give it to us to if we had to pay it back?"

'Completely protected'

A report by Greenpeace, due to be released today, points out the firms that helped design and build the Fukushima reactors, such as General Electric, Toshiba and Hitachi, are not required to pay a cent in compensation.

Aslihan Tumer, Greenpeace's international nuclear project leader, says some of the companies are continuing to profit from the reactor.

"Nuclear suppliers are completely protected from accepting any liability or being held accountable in case of an accident," he said.

"GE designed Fukushima Mark 1 reactor, and both GE, Hitachi and Toshiba built and continued servicing the reactor, and they are also still making, in some cases, money out of the cleaning efforts, as well as the contamination."

With the operator TEPCO effectively nationalised, the Japanese taxpayer is now picking up most of the compensation bill for the disaster.

Ms Kameya's testimony is one of several evacuee stories contained in a separate Greenpeace report, which claims the tens of thousands of victims of the meltdowns are still denied fair compensation two years on from the disaster.

TEPCO has told the ABC that because it takes time to calculate the exact compensation each evacuee is entitled to, the company decided to advance them money to tide them over, and the money would be deducted from the final compensation.

For victims like Fukushima resident Ms Kameya, no compensation will ever be able to return her to her home.

"We've been back to our home four times for a quick visit. The roof has leaked and no-one can repair it because the radiation is too strong. So everything inside has become rotten," she said.

"So that, plus the radiation, means we can never go home again."

Greenpeace Report (pdf) released February 19, 2012: Fukushima Fallout: Nuclear business makes people pay and suffer and/or (different formats more or less easy to navigate)

mag.w.d. Aichberger (34)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 3:37 am
> Unfair system's left hundreds of thousands in Japan w/out proper compensation
And many Millions, worldwide.
btw, Fuk.Daiichi-2011 didn't add THAT much to the existing (global) pollution. E.g. emissions of Cs-137 from Fuk.daiichi were only about 1/40 of those from combined atmospheric bomb tests; Sr-90 similar; and emissions of short-lived nuclides (like I-131) were orders of magnitude bigger from bombs than Fukushima+Chernobyl combined...
and, in USA+EU, currently only about every second human can look forward to being diagnosed with Cancer. Still way to go, no problem, is there?
" The nuclear establishment is conducting a war against humanity. " -- John Gofman (1918-2007), former advisor to the [US] Atomic Energy Commission; quoted in (recommended reading:) "Wings of Death" (1995) by Chris Busby

LucyKaleido S (82)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 3:42 am
None of the Greenpeace links is working now but the ABC link is.
The link to the Greenpeace report from the ABC article is no longer working either, whereas I used it before.

I assume Greenpeace will repair this asap!

LucyKaleido S (82)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 4:41 am
Links OK now.

And about cancer: Fukushima kids have skyrocketing number of thyroid abnormalities - Report: A recent report into the Fukushima Nuclear disaster of 2011 has shown that more than forty percent of children have thyroid abnormalities.

­The Tenth Report of the Fukushima Prefecture Health Management Survey, released earlier this week, with data up to January 21, 2013, revealed that 44.2 percent of 94,975 children sampled had thyroid ultrasound abnormalities. The number of abnormalities has also been increasing over time as well as the proportion of children with nodules equal to and larger than 5.1 mm and any size cysts have increased.

The report has also revealed that 10 of 186 eligible are suspected of having thyroid cancer as a result of the exposed radiation.

On Wednesday, the Fukushima Prefectural Government announced that two people who were teenagers at the time of the Fukushima No. 1 meltdown have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, bringing the total number of cases officially confirmed by authorities to three. All have undergone surgery and are now recovering.

Around 360,000 youths at the time of the disaster have to be repeatedly checked to see if they have been affected by the radiation.

In the meantime on Friday, a government-backed researcher claimed that no health effects have been detected in people living in the contaminated area because the radiation level is not high enough...

Report: Now over 44% of Fukushima children have thyroid abnormalities in latest tests:
This is about the same report findings, but at the bottom are links to previous articles on Fukushima health problem (thyroid & cancer) findings, so you can get a feel for how the health issues are evolving. EneNews (Energy News) only publishes very short pieces, scientifically succinct.

Jaime Alves (52)
Friday February 22, 2013, 12:17 am

Birgit W (160)
Friday February 22, 2013, 2:09 pm

Lois Jordan (63)
Friday February 22, 2013, 2:47 pm
Petition already signed. Thanks so much for posting this info, Lucy. I've been following the damage whenever I see an article regarding Fukushima. So much has been hidden.

LucyKaleido S (82)
Friday February 22, 2013, 3:18 pm
FRACK CommentBurners left a link to Chris Busby, whom he identifies as 'former advisor to the [US] Atomic Energy Commission' There are quite a few videos of him on YouTube, which I discovered after following the link, & which indicate that Dr Busby is onto every major radiation-exposure-related public health problem, from Chernobyl to Fallujah to, of course, Fukushima, probably in his capacity as some kind of nuclear advisor to the European Union. From what I heard him say he is particularly specialized in the health impacts of regular, low-level radiation exposure.

Busby says that it is heart condition, rather than cancer & thyroid problems, which should be monitored to measure the public health impact any radiation exposure is having on a population, since the effects on the heart come into play much faster than cancers do.

He is also the first expert I have encountered who says that the cause of the horrific birth defects witnessed in the city of Fallujah, Iraq, is not DU (depleted uranium) weapons, but EU -Enriched Uranium- weapons. He ran tests to discover this.

I would have to go back & watch again because I am unable to reproduce his evidence & reasoning from memory, I am not familiar enough with this & watched it last evening for the first time.

LucyKaleido S (82)
Friday February 22, 2013, 3:51 pm
Chris Busby's title as far as the EU is concerned is a little complicated which is why I didn't retain it right off:
He's the Scientific Secretary of the European Committee on Radiation Risk; as well as visiting professor at Ulster University & visiting researcher at the German Federal Agricultural Laboratory, and director of Green Audit, which I don't know about. was the National Speaker on Science and Technology for the Green Party of England and Wales.

He is also an epidemiologist, or, at least, has lead numerous epidemiological studies. He is not however a medical doctor but has a PhD in chemical physics.

He has developed two or more new or novel theories about health risks due to low-dose radiation exposure and, specifically, the greater/lesser genotoxicity of isotopes depending on their rate of decay (which is way above my head - see wiki if you want to try & grasp this) These theories have been contradicted by other scientists in their own research. He is also controversial because of a pill he offered for sale on his Japanese website after the Fukushima disaster, which he claimed would mitigate the effects of ingested radiation.

See wiki or google him to find out more.

Ann P (17)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 11:01 am
Noted. L♡ve ☮ Peace.

greenplanet e (155)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 5:55 pm
"The disaster has mostly dropped out of the news in Japan and its victims remain largely hidden after being placed in tiny, so-called temporary apartments across the country."

Concerning indeed.

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 24, 2013, 6:38 am
Or, log in with your
Facebook account:
Please add your comment: (plain text only please. Allowable HTML: <a>)

Track Comments: Notify me with a personal message when other people comment on this story

Loading Noted By...Please Wait


butterfly credits on the news network

  • credits for vetting a newly submitted story
  • credits for vetting any other story
  • credits for leaving a comment
learn more

Most Active Today in Business

Content and comments expressed here are the opinions of Care2 users and not necessarily that of or its affiliates.

New to Care2? Start Here.