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Lawsuit filed against TEPCO

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October 4, 2017


TEPCO sued over dialysis patient’s death caused by nuclear disaster



By RYOTA GOTO/ Staff Writer


The daughter of an 88-year-old man with kidney failure who died three weeks after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster due to disrupted access to dialysis treatment is suing Tokyo Electric Power Co. for 31 million yen ($276,000).


In the first case of its kind, Emiko Endo, of Hirono, Fukushima Prefecture, argues that her father, Makoto Endo, died primarily because he could not receive sufficient dialysis treatment in the aftermath of the nuclear disaster.


The suit was filed at the Tokyo District Court on Oct. 3.


“Right before his death, my father appealed to me that he wanted to return home even by walking along the rail track and die at home,” Endo, 69, said at a news conference held the same day.


Makoto, also a resident of Hirono, began receiving dialysis around 1998, according to the written complaint.


His routine had been to visit a hospital in Tomioka, a nearby town, three times a week to undergo dialysis. The triple meltdown at the TEPCO-operated Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant disrupted that schedule.


Makoto was evacuated to Tokyo a week after the crisis unfolded on March 11, 2011. He died April 1 at a Tokyo hospital after his condition deteriorated following several changes in the venue where he was receiving dialysis.


The Hirono town government has recognized his death as related to the nuclear disaster.

TEPCO would only accept that the nuclear accident was 50 percent responsible for Makoto's death and paid Endo about 7.8 million yen in compensation. The sum was determined in light of the criteria used to pay a holder of mandatory car insurance in the event of a fatal road accident.


Endo demanded more, but TEPCO refused. Their negotiations broke down late last year.

A lawyer representing the plaintiff said the lawsuit is the first to involve a dialysis patient whose death was recognized as being related to the nuclear disaster.


TEPCO said it will respond sincerely after studying the complaint and hearing Endo’s argument.


October 3, 2017

Lawsuit filed over kidney disease patient’s death blamed on nuclear accident




The daughter of a man who died of kidney disease after the March 2011 meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking ¥31 million in damages from Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.


The 69-year-old female plaintiff claims that the accident prevented her 88-year-old father, a resident of Hirono, Fukushima Prefecture, from getting proper treatment for his disease.

“My father would have lived longer without the accident,” the daughter, Emiko Endo, told a news conference.


The father, Makoto, was forced to evacuate to Tokyo from his hospital in the Fukushima city of Iwaki so he could continue his dialysis treatments, according to her complaint filed with the Tokyo District Court.


He died in April 2011 after his health condition deteriorated.


Tepco said it will respond to the matter sincerely.


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