SAPPORO – A former worker at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant has filed a damages suit against Tokyo Electric Power Co. and others, claiming that he developed cancer due to exposure to radiation after the March 2011 nuclear disaster.
His lawyers said Tuesday the suit, filed in the Sapporo District Court, is the first litigation on causal relations between cancer and work to deal with the crisis.
The 57-year-old man is seeking a total of ¥65 million in damages from Tepco, contractor Taisei Corp. and its subcontractor.
According to his complaint, cancer was detected in his bladder in June 2012, in his stomach in March 2013 and in his sigmoid colon in May 2013 after he worked as a heavy equipment operator at Fukushima No. 1 between July and October 2011.
In August 2013, the man filed for workers accident compensation with the Tomioka Labor Standards Inspection Office in Fukushima Prefecture.
After the application was rejected in January this year, he requested that the Fukushima Prefectural Labor Bureau review the decision.
Records show that the man absorbed a total of 56.41 millisieverts of radiation during his work at the power plant, but he claims to have been subjected to more than 100 millisieverts and says he sometimes worked without a dosimeter.
The government uses the 100-millisievert threshold to consider whether cancer has a causal link with radioactive exposure.
Tepco said it will respond sincerely after examining the lawsuit.