Greenpeace calls for companies to take responsibility for their role in Fukushima disaster
Greenpeace is calling for Hitachi, Toshiba and General Electric to take responsibility for the part they played in the Fukushima disaster. All three companies built and serviced the reactors which directly contributed to the meltdown at the nuclear power station. The cost of the Fukushima disaster is estimated at $250 billion US dollars, yet so far these companies have not paid a single penny of the cost for the reactor failures.
Instead all of the costs from the nuclear meltdown fell on TEPCO, the operator of Fukushima, which could not afford it and was nationalised. The costs of Fukushima are being paid by the Japanese people themselves, as taxpayers they are being made to foot the bill.
Hundreds of thousands of people in Japan lost their homes, jobs and communities following the disaster which occurred in March 2011 during an earthquake and tsunami. None of them have received enough compensation to rebuild their lives.
The website warns that the situation in Japan is not an exception, as in any country with nuclear reactors, it is likely that nuclear companies can walk away from an accident without paying any of the costs.
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