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About 200 U.S. residents have filed a lawsuit against Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. and a U.S. firm, seeking at least $1 billion (about ¥106 billion) to cover medical expenses related to radiation exposure suffered during the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, the utility has said.

Tepco said Monday that the lawsuit was filed on March 14 with the U.S. federal courts for the Southern District of California and the District of Columbia by participants in the Operation Tomodachi relief effort carried out in the wake of the 3/11 earthquake and tsunami that crippled Tepco’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

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