A group of 13,000 people across Japan on Thursday filed a criminal complaint against 33 senior officials of Tokyo Electric Power Co. and the government's now-defunct Nuclear Safety Commission over the nuclear disaster at the company's Fukushima Daiichi power plant following the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
In the letter of complaint filed with prosecutors, the complainants asked that the accused be investigated and indicted on suspicion of professional negligence resulting in deaths and injuries.
The complaint was the second in a series by the group, following one made in June by 1,300 people mainly from Fukushima Prefecture.
Among the accused was Tsunehisa Katsumata, who was the chairman of Tokyo Electric Power, known as TEPCO, at that time.
The complaint argues that the officials were responsible for the exposure of the plaintiffs to radiation. It also focuses on those who died while working at the nuclear power plant and those who committed suicide after being forced to evacuate.
In the earlier complaint, the TEPCO and nuclear commission officials were accused of neglecting to take anti-disaster measures, despite the frequency of earthquakes in Japan and indications by experts of the possibility of a tsunami.
The Fukushima District Public Prosecutors Office accepted the complaint in August.
The Tokyo, Kanazawa and Nagoya district public prosecutors offices have also accepted similar complaints.
Katsumata, who served as TEPCO president between 2002 and 2008, resigned as TEPCO chairman in June 2012, while the Nuclear Safety Commission was succeeded by the independent Nuclear Regulation Authority, in September.
According to the Penal Code those who fail to exercise due care and thereby cause the death or injury of another face up to five years in prison or a fine of up to 1 million yen.
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A mountain trout caught in a Fukushima Prefecture river returned a radioactive cesium reading of 11,400 becquerels per kilogram, more than 100 times the government-set limit for food items, a survey by the Environment Ministry said Friday.
Presenting its measurement of radioactive cesium contained in fish and insects in rivers, lakes and sea in the prefecture, the ministry said the reading from the trout in Niida River in Minamisoma city, a municipality north of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station badly hit by the 2011 disaster, was way above the regulatory maximum of 100 becquerels.
The survey conducted in June and July also found 4,400 becquerels of radioactive cesium in a smallmouth bass and 3,000 becquerels in a catfish in Mano Dam in Iitate village, another municipality heavily affected by the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant run by Tokyo Electric Power Co.
This is the ministry's second survey of its kind after the first one, conducted between December 2011 and February 2012, was published in July.
"Like the previous survey, concentration (of radioactive cesium) tended to be higher in rivers and lakes than in the sea. We want to grasp the extent of pollution by continuously conducting the survey," an official with the ministry said.
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FUK-U-SHIMA: Catastrophic Developments in Japan - Trout Log Radioactivity Level Now Over 100 Times Government Limit; Nuclear Reactors Not Repaired at All; With One More Major Quake Japan Will Cease to Exist, Taking Half of the Planet Along With it! SOURCE
• Being born in Fukushima Prefecture I took on a mission to create a physical record of the worst man made nuclear accident in history… Using a cameraless process, I want to capture the current state of Japan directly, by exposing photo-sensitive material to traces of radiation emitted from contaminated particles.
• I’m afraid Japan will follow in the footsteps of ancient civilizations that vanished like the Egyptians, Mayans and Mesopotamians that came before us.
• The tsunami and earthquake well they’re just the earth shivering. The problem is the disaster that man has made.
• There are so many possibilities of a tsunami and earthquake happening again. The damaged reactors haven’t been repaired yet… they haven’t been repaired at all.
• The resulting destruction will take half the planet along with it. …With one more earthquake or tsunami Japan will cease to exist. SOURCE