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2 US sailors dead after Fukushima radiation exposure 福島被曝後に2人の米兵士が死亡!(CBSニュース)

12月5日更新 Updated on Dec 5,

"Health Damage Lawsuit by US Navy sailors in Ronald Regan"

弁護士の呉東正彦さんとOur Planet TVの白石草さん
Lawyer Masahiko Goto interviewed by Ms. Hajime Shiraisi from Out Planet TV http://ourplanet-tv.org/?q=node/1863



Q:  On October 2014, Southern California Federal Court dismissed the plea by TEPCO in regard to the lawsuit filed by 239 US navy sailors who served for Operation Tomodachi, and a full fledged deliberation is to be started.

Would you please give explanation as a lawyer who has supported the Yokosuka Port issue?


In December 2012, 8 US navy sailors filed a lawsuit against TEPCO at Southern California Federal Local Court.


At that time, the plaintiff insisted that TEPCO hid the accident in collaboration with Japanese government.


Against this, TEPCO refuted that their plea should be dismissed due to the alleged involvement of govenment of Japan, which needs some political decision beyond the judgement of a court.


In November 2013, the first order was handed down through oral proceedings.  The court admitted the dismissal proposal by TEPCO, but suggested the plaintiffs that they can file the suit again with renewed complaint.  So, it was a conditional dismissal.


Since the plaintiff came up with the renewed complaint, the lawsuit was revived.


The second complaint was filed by 80 plaintiffs on February 5, 2014.


They focused on the negligence of TEPCO.


It was in the form of Class Action with 80 plaintiffs representing the lawsuit with the prediction of increasing number of plaintiffs in the future.


They insisted that TEPCO should prepare  a fund of 1 billion dollars first.

Then the plaintiffs whoes damages were admitted shall be paid for the appropriate amount from the fund.  Therefore, there are 2 steps for the plaintiffs.

Q:  That system seems like drug-induced damages lawsuit.


A: That is correct.  They asked for the fund of 1 billion dollars first and then the victims can get the damage fee.  Japan does not have this kind of lawsuit.


Q: In Japan, usually, political decision comes first, but in this case, the lawsuit is underway.


A:  1 billion dollars seem to be a lot, but it is not the case.  Since this fund is demanded in order to all the radiation victims in the future.

Q:  I heard that the number of plaintiffs is increasing..

The second oral proceeding took place on August 25th, 2014 with the third complaint.  At that time, the number of plaintiffs boosted to 223.

The accused this time is including TEPCO, GE, EBASCO (a GE's subsidiary company), Hitachi, and Toshiba.  They included these nuclear manufacturers since negligence on the design is included not only the negligence of the operation.


On October 28, there was another oral proceeding where the plea by TEPCO for dismissal of the lawsuit was not accepted by the court this time.


There are 2 reasons for this.


Since there is no involvement of the Japanese government, the court can come up with their own decision.


Another reason is that TEPCO insisted that the lawsuit should be carried out in Japanese courts, but the plaintiffs insisted that they cannot go to Japan and the issue is related to the state benefit.  The claim by the plaintiffs was accepted by the court.

The full fledged deliberation is to be started in the US.


On November 18, the final version of the third complaint was filed with 239 plaintiffs.  Of those, 2 soldiers already died.

Q:  How were they exposed to radiation and what kind of health hazards did they get?

They all seem to be young.


A: The earthquake took place on March 11.  The unit 1 exploded on 12th.  At that time, Air Craft Career Regan was on the way to Korea, but it was ordered to go for the rescue operation off the coast of Sanriku.


So they went to off the coast of Sanriku on the 13th, when they were directly hit by the radiation plume.  Alarm went off in the ship.


However, under such situation, sailors were forced to work on the deck for 5 hours in rain, wind and snow.  The soldiers also felt something was wrong.


Not only that, a nuclear aircraft career use sea water by desalination.  Only on March 15, they stopped drinking the desalinated water.  So the sailors may have drunk the contaminated water which caused the internal exposure.


Q: So they were exposed to the high initial dose.  How about the protection suit and iodine tablet? Were they provided?

A: Here is a photo where the sailors were decontaminating the deck at the end of March.  They were not wearing protective suits and wore regular uniforms.  They kept being exposed to low dose radiation.


They continued being onboard also.

In the written statement, there were some beds near the outlet of the ventilation system which was quite a hotspot, and one sailor was contained in the hotspot like a canned food.  Later he developed a cancer.


Q: The vast majority of sailors were in their 20s and you said that there were some who even died...

A: 2 soldiers died. 

One died of synovial sarcoma, a kind of cancer.  He was in his 30s and died in April 2014.

The second one died of leukemia in September 2014.


Other than these 2 people, many soldiers in their 20s or 30s have developed unbelievable diseases, such as thyroid cancer, breast cancer, testis cancer, brain tumor, etc.

ガンの人もたくさんいるし、胃腸の不調、全身が動かなくなったり、生殖関係。There are many who are suffering from cancer and also malfunction of gastrointestinal tracts, sudden inmobility of the body, and malfunction of reproduction system...


Q: I also heard that there was a pregnant woman who delivered a baby with multiple gene tumultus.

A: There were many young women sailors and one woman was pregnant.  She delivered her baby in October and her baby had gene tumultus.


Q:  Seems like many people do not have only one symptom but they do have multiple symptoms.


A: Not only their thyroid, but also they develop symptoms in their gastrointestinal system, musles, fever, and etc.  It seems that these are typical radiation exposure symptoms.

Q: Can they keep working for the military anymore?

A: One third of the plaintiffs are still working.  However, after developing such symptoms, many soldiers left their services.  If they leave the military in their 20s, there will be no allowance and their living is quite hard.


Q: Usually these soldiers join the military for earning to go to school and other reasons..

A: Right.  Some complain that they planned to go to school after the service, but they gave up.  Also they have diseases and have worries for the future.


Q: What is the perspective of the future court proceedings?

A:  The deliberation will start from now on.

One focus is on the causal relationship between the accident/Operation Tomodachi and the massive development of diseases.

They have to check the radiation level in those days and the condition.


Another focus is to proove the symptoms caused by radiation.


The good point of US court is jury system.  General public can stand on the side of the victims and think what should be done. 

Q:  At this point, the estimation of individual dose has not been calculated, right?

A: Right.  They are now compiling the medical data from each person's hospital.

Also, they were not wearing dosemeters.


There were some dosimeters, but only the officers had them.  There were iodine tablets but only officers took them and rank& file soldiers did not take them.

Q: That is awful.  The young could not take the iodine tablets...


A: Coming up evidence will be a hard way. They have to pile up facts one by one.

Q: As for Regan Case, there have been communications between Japan and US, and what kind of impact do you expect?


A: There are two aspects.  I myself did not know the reality of the victims.

The soldiers exposure may have been greater than any other part of Japan, because the wind was blowing from land to sea. 


Although they tried to help Japanese people through Operation Tomodachi, they have exposed to radiation massively due to the wind direction.


I think we Japanese need to humbly accept this fact.

However, the US Navy ignored, and Japanese government ignored and so did TEPCO.

Not only TEPCO, both the government of Japan and the US pretend that they have nothing to do with the Case.


We are also victims, but by knowing their damages, we could be united and act together.


Q: In Japan also, there have been various diseases, and many children got thyroid cancer..

However, in case of Japan, it is hard to raise voice.

In this Case, the health damage itself is on focus, and there may be many people in Japan who can cooperate with the US victims through similar symptoms.


A: At first, one woman soldier went to consult a lawyer.  The lawyer visited the base and interviewed many soldiers and then he found such soldier one after another.

After the media's broadcasting, more names were listed.


In this way, lots of consulation were made to the lawyers.


Serious damages seem to be exising widely.


There is a high possibility that there are more victims other than the plaintiffs.


CBS: Now 2 US sailors dead after Fukushima radiation exposure — Doctor: Officials have to re-look at this entire situation — Reporter who served on USS Reagan: “We were done so wrong… Critical health risk to all of us onboard… People are not realizing how serious the issue is” (VIDEO)



Published: November 25th, 2014 at 12:11 pm ET

California State University, Northridge, Nov 12, 2014: Little did [U.S. Navy veteran Kelli Serio, 25] know her service would change the way she viewed the system she vowed her loyalty to… Serio may have been affected by radiation during what she calls her “final and most personally sacrificing deployment” in Japan…

元海軍兵、Kelli Serioさん(25)は、かつて忠誠を誓った軍のシステムに対し、自分の任務遂行によって見方が変わることになろうとは思わなかった。Serioさんは「最後となった最も個人的な犠牲を伴った派遣」となった日本での任務遂行により、放射能に侵されてしまった可能性があると言うのである。

at 18, she enlisted in the U.S. Navy [and] was deployed off Japan’s coast… to assist with the cleanup of the Fukushima nuclear plant. While there, her carrier acted as a floating fuel station… Serio said she’ll never forget the day her captain said their water filtration system had been compromised… “I feel like we were done so wrong,” Serio said. “We were drinking the water.”


Serio said she and the other 70,000 first responders have been dismissed by the government as if nothing happened out there. She wants justice… Serio’s team-like mentality has also led to her modeling with organizations like Pin-Ups for Vets… to help bring up the morale of veterans and current soldiers [and] bring awareness to the men and women who’ve served their country through speaking engagements and visiting patients at veteran hospitals…


[E]arlier this year… she met her friend and mentor, Fox News reporter Hollie McKay [who recommended] Serio for a reporter position at [breitbart.com]… Her first piece for the website was a first-hand account of and a look back at Operation Tomodachi.

今年前半、Serioさんは友人であり彼女のめんたーでもあるFox Newsの記者であるHollie McKayに会った。彼女はSerioさんにBreitbart.comでの記者のポジションを勧めた。彼女がウェブサイトで初めて手掛けたページは、「トモダチ作戦」の実体験と反省であった。

Tahlequah Daily Press, Aug 7, 2014: USS Ronald Reagan… passed through radiation plumes and clouds… the ship and most of those onboard, tested positive for radiation exposure… Serio, now a broadcast journalism major at [CSUN], has recently written a column… on breitbart.com. “I feel as if people are not realizing how serious the issue is, and I would like to shed as much light on it as possible,” said Serio.

Tahlequah Daily Press, 2014年8月7日:USSロナルドレーガン号は放射能プルームと放射能雲の中を通り抜けた。船体もほとんどの乗組員も放射能被曝の検査で陽性が出た。Serioさんは今、カリフォルニア州立大学でTVジャーナリズムを専攻しているが、最近

Breitbart, by Kelli Serio, Jul 23, 2014: I was onboard the USS Ronald Reagan [and went] directly through a radiation cloud. The commanding officer warned us that our water and ventilation systems had been contaminated, posing a critical health risk to all of us onboard. We were advised to refrain from showering or drinking water… Sailors worked tirelessly… while being left vulnerable to dangerous levels of radiation… most of us onboard the ship were tested for radiation exposure and many came back positive, resulting in full-body scrubdowns… [W]e were issued gas masks… myself and other junior sailors were asked to don protective garments in an effort to decontaminate the ship…

Breitbart Kelly Serio、2014年7月23日:私はUSSロナルドレーガン号に乗っていて直接放射能雲の中を通りました。司令官は私たちに、水も空調システムも汚染され、乗船していた私たち皆が深刻な健康リスクにあると警告しました。私たちはシャワーを浴びたり水を飲むのを控えるように言われました。兵士たちは休むことなく働き、その間危険なレベルの放射能に晒されました。乗船していた私たちのほとんどからは放射能が検出され、全身をたわしで洗わなければなりませんでした。 ガスマスクも配布されました。私と若い兵士たちは船を除染するために防護服も着るように言われました。

Proper medical care for the victims of radiation exposure [is needed, it's a] dire situation for many… Many of us are enduring the unfortunate consequences [and] hoping for care from the VA that appears to never arrive… we are reassured of our good health, despite the presence of mysterious and unexplained symptoms… A lack of coverage by the mainstream media has left victims without a voice… We do not want to be forgotten.




CBS San Francisco, Nov 21, 2014: Rare cancers, blindness, birth defects and now, two deaths. Hundreds of U.S. sailors… say they were exposed to dangerous levels of radiation… [Steve] Simmons… began feeling weak and sick with uncontrolled fevers… Soon he was in a wheelchair, unable to walk.

CBS San Francisco, 2014年11月21日:まれにみるガン、失明、先天性異常、そして今は二人の兵士が死亡している。米兵士数百人が危険なレベルの放射能に被曝したと言っている。Steve Simmonsは体力がなくなり、熱ばかり出て体調がすぐれなくなった。しばらくして彼は車いすの状態となり、歩けなくなった。

He says military doctors would never tell him what was wrong. “Every one of them wanted to discredit radiation as a possible cause,” Simmons said… “[There's] evidence that the doses that were assumed to be on board the USS Reagan may have been under-reported,” said Dr. Robert Gould, a former Kaiser pathologist… “Given that there is more information that has come out, I think you would have to re-look at the entire situation,” said Dr. Gould. >> Watch the CBS broadcast here

彼によれば、軍医はなにが悪いのか、決して話してくれないと言う。「すべての医師が、放射能が可能性のある原因だと言う考えを否定したがっているのです。USS re-ganngouniokeru 線量が過小評価されて報告されていると言う証拠はあります」と病理医のRobert Gould医師は言う。