FUKUSHIMA — A criminal complaint was filed by 13,000 people nationwide Thursday against 33 senior officials of Tokyo Electric Power Co. and the government’s now-defunct Nuclear Safety Commission over the meltdown disaster at Tepco’s Fukushima No. 1 power plant that was triggered by the March 11, 2011 megaquake and tsunami.
In the complaint filed with prosecutors, the 13,000 demanded that the accused be investigated and charged with professional negligence resulting in death and injury.
The plaintiffs blame their exposure to radiation on the officials. Their complaint also focuses on people who died, for whatever reason, while working at the stricken nuclear plant, and local residents who committed suicide after being forced to evacuate.
In the earlier complaint, Tepco and the nuclear commission officials were accused of neglecting to take antidisaster measures, despite the frequency of earthquakes in Japan and the tsunami threat that experts pointed to.
The Fukushima District Public Prosecutor’s Office accepted that complaint in August.
The Tokyo, Kanazawa and Nagoya district public prosecutor’s offices have also accepted similar complaints.
According to the Penal Code, those who fail to exercise due care and thereby cause the death or injury of another face up to five years in prison or a fine of up to ¥1 million.
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