U.S. sailors sue Japanese power company for radiation exposure

Eight U.S. Navy sailors have sued one of the Japanese energy companies whose nuclear reactor melted down after the 2011 earthquake in Japan, according to a Bloomberg report.

The sailors, who were aboard the USS Ronald Reagan when the aircraft carrier took part in the humanitarian missions, claimed that Tokyo Electric Power Co. officials exposed them to radiation near the Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant by not disclosing the full extent of the damage to the plant.

The plaintiff’s lawyer wrote in the complaint the sailors “must now endure a lifetime of radiation poisoning and suffering.” The eight sailors are each suing for $10 million in damages, $30 million in punitive damages, and a $100 million fund to pay for future medical charges.

In the complaint, the sailors claimed that the power utility officials gave a false sense of safety in areas that were still exposed to radiation. The sailors then operated in these areas, exposing them to radiation, and creating possible medical problems in their future.

Power utility officials told Bloomberg they have received the suit and will research it before providing a response.

20 Comments on "U.S. sailors sue Japanese power company for radiation exposure"

  1. It depends more on how long they have been exposed to radiation.

  2. Interesting tidbit.

    If you have flown often or you are a pilot your are getting far more than the recomended dose of radiation every year.

    And did you know your average coal plant gives off far more radiation than a Nuclear reactor?

    Or that the supposed tainted milk after 5mi island had as much radiation as!!! A BANANA!

    Or that granite releases it as well as other minerals in the earths soil!

    This has been fun tidbits of info most people are never told.

  3. Lawyers.

  4. Why doesn't a nuclear carrier or any of its squadrons have sensors to detect radiation?

  5. Leave it too the Americans to start suing everyone.

  6. I remember working outdoors in the motor pool in Germany during the 80’s(compliments of 3rd Infantry Division,”Rock of the Marne”) when the Chernobyl radioactive cloud was passing overhead & the German government was telling their citizens to keep their children indoors. Who do I sue?

  7. This is a clearly frivilous case. They were doing thier jobs and flew deliberately into a radiation cloud without protection that was available. Clearly it would be thrown out of court if they tried to sue the US government so they went after the next Japanese.

    Not only is a cynical cash grab they are undermining our security relationship with Japan. A big part of our message in Asia has been we are there for humanitarian assistance. It is repeated in every press conference. The navy needs to get these people under control before they damage our reputation further.

  8. The Japanese of course should be suing general electric for a piss poor reactor design.

  9. the japanese had been warned about this reactor for decades. the guys who designed it said it was dangerous along with just about everybody else including the UN.

    but that aint the issue. the issue is that tokyo electric power company continued to down play the extent of the meltdown even after they new how bad it was.

  10. Its like a Firefighter suing a home owner cause he got burned…..You knew the risks when you put the uniform on.

  11. Americans, suing the Japanese, for exposure to radiation?

    Is it opposite day already? ;)

  12. Thousands of U.S.Military personnel where exposed to radiation from the plants reactors. Some at different levels. Some of these units where operating right in the middle of the radiation where other units where sent far away to prevent/limit radiation exposure. The Regan and a few other ships with there Helicopter units where hit by radiation. Alot of you are making dum comments about something you where not involved in. Some of the reactors in fact melted down and release dangerous levels of radiation. Why do you think all the military personnel operating in and around the area are now in monitoring programs. This law suit is only the start. Many more will follow but the real question is, who really is to blame? I bet you its not the Japanese.

  13. Sovereign immunity.

    But it also depends on the Status of Forces Agreement. It covers Americans who commit crimes in Japan and it presumably indemnifies Japan if the environment or something in it, makes them sick.

    During the Cold War, the Army marched troops into mushroom clouds to see if radiation would affect the ability of soldiers to fight.

  14. Silly sailors!

  15. I would think the sailors would have been wearing personal dosimeters, that would quantify their exposure.

  16. If some people is sending to work to a nuclear endangered zone . They colud be carry some dispositive for size the level of radiation. If you know that in emergency case some gobernment hidde information about …..the boss maybe think about this posibility and carry some dispositive for to know if the zone is good for working . The tecchnology is for use it not for show only . You need a new protocol or improve one ( use control of radiation include if the gobernment said that is sure ) for this situations .

  17. Gary D. Holmes | January 5, 2013 at 5:43 pm | Reply

    WOW, u can sue now. Does that mean we can sue the US Government for PTSD, Agent ORANGE(blue,red,green whatever). This suit is bogus. Keel haul the lawyer!!!!!

  18. Being a Viiet Nam veteran with the Army and exposed to Agent Orange, I am now coming down with many strange illnesses including cancers! Were these sailors advised of potential issues by either thier commanding officers or the Japanese of this potential problem? I sounds like the Japanese Power Company personell were aware of the radiation issues and hid them from the Japanese Government and the Navy! Hell yes I would attempt to sue them, and I would make sure that I would have a copy of my medical records when I left active duty, then immediately applied with the VA for my medical benefits and get checked out for radiation poisoning issues every six months! You guys are assholes for ridiculing and giving these guys bullshit!

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