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Thousands sue nuclear giants over Japan Fukushima disaster

Published on Mar 12, 2014 6:34 PM
 
Akihiro Shima, chief attorney for a lawsuit against nuclear power plant suppliers, speaks to journalists beside Choi Sung-Koo, secretary general of reactor suppliers lawsuit plaintiff team, during a press conferende at the Foreign Correspondents' Club in Tokyo on March 12, 2014. A class action lawsuit against nuclear suppliers General Electric, Toshiba and Hitachi has ballooned to more than 4,000 claimants who are seeking damages over the Fukushima atomic disaster, the lead lawyer said Wednesday, March 11, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - A class action lawsuit against nuclear suppliers General Electric, Toshiba and Hitachi has ballooned to more than 4,000 claimants who are seeking damages over the Fukushima atomic disaster, the lead lawyer said Wednesday.

The claimants, hailing from Japan and 32 other countries including the United States, Germany and South Korea, want the US and Japanese nuclear power plant suppliers to pay compensation, lawyer Akihiro Shima told media in Tokyo.

His comments came one day after the third anniversary of the world's worst nuclear disaster in a generation.

The filing - which asks for a largely symbolic 100 yen (S$1.22) per claimant - was described by Mr Shima as the first lawsuit to be brought against nuclear power-plant suppliers over the 2011 accident.

 
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