Regarding the story “Koizumi backs U.S. sailors’ Tepco suit” in the May 20 edition, how could the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant make the incredible mistake of providing inaccurate information concerning a mortally dangerous matter of a plant meltdown?

As mentioned in the article, there is no excuse for Tokyo Electric Power Co. not to give the 400 U.S. sailors and marines who are now suing the company the proper facts.

Things are looking especially good for the plaintiffs now that former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi is backing the lawsuit over the Fukushima radiation.

Undoubtedly, Koizumi was convinced to help the sailors because they now suffer from radiation poisoning. He even said: “Those who gave their all to assist Japan are now suffering from serious illness. I can’t overlook them.”

Hopefully, the backing by the eminent former prime minister will encourage Japan to pay attention to the sailors’ plight.

Robbie Van Zante

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