Organized by: Sailors First
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 were potentially affected by the radiation and will 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.
One Sailor, age 22, has been diagnosed with Leukemia and is losing his eyesight. In his declaration to the court he states, “Upon my return from Operation Tomodachi, I began losing my eyesight. I lost all vision in my left eye and most vision in my right eye. I am unable to read street signs and am no longer able to drive. Prior to Operation Tomodachi, I had 20/20 eyesight, wore no glasses and had no corrective eye surgery. Additionally, I know of no family members who have had leukemia.”
This Crowd Rise campaign is to raise money to support the sailors to seek justice. The funds will be used for medical testing, expert witnesses, medical monitoring, deposition expenses, translation expenses and other costs of seeking justice. The medical testing alone could cost as much as several thousand dollars per sailor. Deposition and translation fees could be in the tens of thousands of dollars. The funds are crucial to the sailors efforts to force TEPCO to take responsibility for its actions.