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9 Apr, 2014

U.S. sailors sue Japanese N-power company for $1 billion over alleged radiation exposure | The Japan Times

SAN DIEGO – Nearly 80 U.S. sailors are seeking $1 billion from Tokyo Electric Power Co., operator of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, alleging the company lied about the high level of radiation in the area where they were carrying out a humanitarian mission following a tsunami that touched off a nuclear crisis three years ago.

A lawsuit filed in federal court in San Diego contends that Tepco repeatedly said there was no danger to the crew when they were actually being blanketed with radiation that has since led to dozens of cancer cases and a child being born with birth defects, the Orange County Register newspaper reported Monday.

The Japanese company says its “wholly implausible” military commanders would rely on safety information from the utility.

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