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Tepco seeks dismissal of damages suit filed in U.S. via The Japan Times

Tokyo Electric Power Co. has filed to dismiss a lawsuit in which around 50 plaintiffs are seeking damages from the utility in connection with the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

The plaintiffs, including U.S. sailors dispatched to northeastern Japan for the relief operation following the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami, are seeking damages without fixing the price.

They are also demanding that Tepco set up a fund worth at least $1 billion for medical checks and treatment, arguing they faced risks of cancer and radiation exposure.

In a statement submitted Friday to the U.S. federal court in San Diego, the operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 power plant argued the plaintiffs have not clarified what actually caused damage to their health and the suit should be filed in Japan, site of the nuclear crisis.

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