Plaintiffs appealed their plight as evacuees at a meeting held at the House of Councillors building in Nagata-cho, Tokyo, on March 24.
November 24, 2022
On November 24, the National Liaison Group of Plaintiffs in Lawsuits Against Nuclear Power Plants, consisting of victims of the TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident, held a meeting at the Diet to demand that the interim compensation standards established by the government’s Nuclear Damage Dispute Review Board be revised to provide adequate relief to the victims of the accident.
The plaintiffs, who are engaged in class-action lawsuits against the national government and TEPCO in various parts of Japan, submitted their requests to the offices of members of the Diet at both the House of Representatives and the House of Councillors.
The CALI decided to review the guidelines on the 10th of this month in response to a series of court decisions ordering TEPCO to pay more compensation than the interim guidelines. In addition to the review of the guidelines to match the actual damage, the request also called for the government to consider building new nuclear power plants and extending their operating periods, and to oppose the discharge into the ocean of water treated to purify contaminated water generated at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
At the rally following the request, lawyer Guntaro Managi, who serves as the secretary general of the legal team for the Fukushima lawsuit, criticized the government’s response, saying, “The review of the guidelines is too little too late. Hiroshi Murata, 79, an evacuee from Minamisoma City, Fukushima Prefecture, who has been living in Yokohama, said, “The guidelines were created immediately after the accident, and it was not assumed that the evacuation would last this long. The guidelines were created immediately after the accident and were not based on the assumption that evacuees would have to live for such a long time. They should be revised in their entirety, not just partially. (Kenta Onozawa)