|o No.7 Civil Division of Kyoto District Court
On the 11th of March 2011, the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear accident spreadradioactive
contamination widely over the east of Japan, not just Fukushima. Thenational
law in Japan says that the dose limit for radiation for the public is1mSv/year.
But in Fukushima 20mSv/year is allowed for the victims of the nucleardisaster.
This double standard shouldn't happen in a constitutional state.
Evacuees had to tear themselves away from their hometown. For the people
whodecided to stay, children and adults lost their stability in life, and
their hopes for thefuture are ruined. In particular they wanted to protect
children's lives and health.
Whether they stayed or not, they are all victims. They have been exposed
6 years have passed since the disaster, the level of radiation in the air
hasdecreased in some places, but generally there is still high contamination.
Caesium137 from the nuclear accident has a half-life of thirty years. Most
of the plaintiffslived in the 'radiation controlled area' which is over
40,000Bq/m2, so the evacuationneeds to continue.
Nuclear disaster creates an enormous amount of pollution, and sever damage
iscontinuing widely. The plaintiffs sued the Japanese government and TEPCO(Tokyo
Electric Power Company) in order to make their responsibility clear, in
thehope this kind of disaster will never happen again, and to get proper
I hope your court will recognise the plaintiffs' lives and the facts of
the nucleardisaster, and listen to their poignant appeals. I strongly request
a fair judgementwhich acknowledges the evacuees' human rights.