3 Vietnamese Sue Fukushima Firm over Decontamination Work

Society

Tokyo, Sept. 5 (Jiji Press)--Three Vietnamese have sued a Japanese construction firm for damages, claiming that they were exposed to radiation after the company had them engage in decontamination work related to the March 2011 nuclear accident in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan.

The lawsuit was filed with Fukushima District Court's branch in the city of Koriyama in the prefecture, a labor union supporting the plaintiffs said at a press conference in Tokyo on Wednesday. The Vietnamese people are demanding that the Koriyama-based firm, Hiwada, pay a total of 12 million yen in compensation to them.

The three came to Japan in July 2015 to learn construction skills under Japan's technical training program for foreigners.

But they had to engage in decontamination work mainly in Koriyama for about two years from March 2016, after the triple meltdown accident at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s <9501> tsunami-stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, and do piping work for the sewage system in the Fukushima town of Namie, which had been designated as a no-entry zone at the time.

While the three did the jobs for about 300 to 420 days, they were not given sufficient education about the risk of radiation exposure based on the industrial safety and health law, according to the petition.

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