Ex-Fukushima worker suing nuclear plant over radiation exposure
In this photo taken Thursday, April 17, 2014, Kazuhiro Onuki wearing a white protective gear and a mask measures the radiation level of the ground in Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan. (AP / Shizuo Kambayashi)
The Associated Press
Published Thursday, May 8, 2014 8:56AM EDT
TOKYO -- A former worker is seeking 11 million yen ($110,000) in compensation from the operator of Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant for exposing him to high levels of radiation after the 2011 tsunami.
The worker was part of a team sent to lay electric cables in one of the reactors 13 days after the disaster.
He said in a 2012 interview that plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. should have known about the high radiation levels and warned them. He asked to be identified by only his first name, Shinichi, because of the social stigma of being labeled a troublemaker in Japan.
His exposure exceeded official limits, forcing him to stop working at the plant. It was not considered a serious health risk.
The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Fukushima District Court.