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Tuesday, December 17, 2013, 14:00 - 15:00

Fukushima Citizens Versus TEPCO

Yuhichi Kaido, Lawyer for Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Plaintiffs
Ruiko Mutoh, Representative, Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Plaintiffs
Language:The speech and Q & A will be in Japanese with English interpretation

During the summer of 2013, Tokyo Electric Power Co. finally admitted what many suspected: That the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant was leaking thousands of tons of contaminated water into the Pacific. After months of denials, the embattled operator said the leaks had been going on since the disaster began in March 2011.

That admission has triggered the latest in a string of lawsuits against the utility. In October, three plaintiffs from Fukushima Prefecture began suing the company and 32 of its former and current executives for failing to respond adequately to the disaster. Over 6,000 people have now joined that lawsuit.

They say TEPCO is criminally negligent under the Law for the Punishment of Environmental Pollution Crimes. On December 18th, they will call on the Fukushima Prefectural Police to begin a criminal investigation into TEPCO, including on-site verification and seizure of evidential documents.

To coincide with what promises to be landmark legal action, a plaintiff will come to speak at the FCCJ, along with one of Japan’s top lawyers. Ruiko Mutoh was born in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture and ran a small café in the city, which has been forced to close down because of the Daiichi accident. Yuichi Kaido is a veteran antinuclear campaigner and a leading legal expert who has represented immigrants, Greenpeace and many of Fukushima’s victims.   They say they will not rest until TEPCO is in the dock.

Come along and hear what they have to say.

Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation.

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Yuhichi Kaido                                    Ruiko Mutoh

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