【PART 2】 The Mystery of Fukushima: Why Japan Cannot Stop Nuclear Power Plants?

 

3】 Why has no sizable plaintiff group been established?

 

In any other normal nation suffering a catastrophe such as Fukushima’s, a large plaintiff group would be set up within half a year. There would be an unprecedented number of claims for damages against TEPCO.

However, this has not been the case in Japan. Most of the people involved chose to compromise, in effect, by accepting a settlement offered by TEPCO through the negotiation of the Dispute Reconciliation Center for Nuclear Damage Compensation (a reconciliatory body). They chose this way, knowing well that, even if they legally challenged the government, they would never prevail at the Supreme Court, given the current reality of Japanese society.

In fact, court decisions on the NPP issue can be predicted by looking at court decisions on U.S. base issues in Okinawa. As I showed in PART 1, the Supreme Court made a ridiculous judgment. While admitting the health damage caused to Okinawans, the Court ruled that U.S. Forces cannot be required to stop flying in ways that are clearly harmful to Okinawans’ health and safety. It was predicted that the trial regarding the Fukushima NPP issue would bring the same result.