• Six Japanese Youth Sue Fukushima Plant Operator Over Thyroid Cancer
An aerial photo shows the Fukushima nuclear power plant, north of Tokyo. [Photo: AP-Newsis]  

A group of young Japanese people who say they developed thyroid cancer after being exposed to radiation from the meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear power plant are suing its operators.

The plaintiffs, now aged between 17 and 27, were living in Fukushima in 2011 when a massive earthquake and tsunami caused the disaster.

They are seeking nearly 5.5 million dollars from the Tokyo Electric Power Company.

The BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reports from the Japanese capital.

People are talking about between 50-100 years to completely clean up the site, and a bill between 100 billion-500 billion U.S. dollars, so it is a massive long term task.

And that's part of the anger around this lawsuit and why people are pursuing Tokyo Electric Power because they made lots of mistakes.

They weren't honest in accounting for what went on afterwards and now, actually, it's the Japanese taxpayer that's picking up that bill to clean up that mess.

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