US Sailors, Assisting With Fukushima Clean Up, Crippled By Cancer

Tyler Durden's picture

Back in December 2012, we wrote that it was only a matter of time before Japan's criminal lying about the radioactive exposure in the aftermath of the Fukushima catastrophe caught up with it, as well as with countless numbers of people who would soon succumb to radiation induced cancers and other diseases. What we found surprising back then, before the full scale of the Fukushima catastrophe become clear and before even Tepco admitted that the situation is completely out of control, is that those holding Japan accountable were not its own citizens but eight US sailors who have then filed a suit against semi-nationalized energy operator TEPCO - the company which repeatedly ignored internal warnings about the ability of the Fukushima NPP to withstand an earthquake/tsunami -  seeking $110 million in damages.

Kyodo reported:

"Eight U.S. sailors have filed a damages suit against Tokyo Electric Power Co., claiming they were exposed to radiation and face health threats as the utility did not provide appropriate information about the Fukushima nuclear disaster while they engaged in rescue operations on board an aircraft carrier, U.S. media reported.


The plaintiffs who filed the suit at the U.S. federal court in San Diego -- seeking a total of $110 million, or 9.4 billion yen, in damages -- were aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan when it was involved in "Operation Tomodachi," a disaster relief effort shortly after a big earthquake and tsunami triggered the worst nuclear accident in decades, the reports said."

What is sad is that while everyone in the alternative media was repeatedly warning about the radiation exposure being misrepresented by both TEPCO and various Japanese ministries, it was the mainstream media that was constantly complicit in disseminating official and unofficial lies that there is nothing to fear.

One year after our report, the lies are not only catching up (and overtaking), but are ruining and dooming innocent lives. As Fox reports, dozens of US soldiers who participated in the Fukushima cleanup effort, are succumbing to numerous radiation-related illnesses, including cancer, and their only error was believing the official media lies.

From Fox:

When the USS Ronald Reagan responded to the tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011, Navy sailors including Quartermaster Maurice Enis gladly pitched in with rescue efforts. 


But months later, while still serving aboard the aircraft carrier, he began to notice strange lumps all over his body. Testing revealed he'd been poisoned with radiation, and his illness would get worse. And his fiance and fellow Reagan quartermaster, Jamie Plym, who also spent several months helping near the Fukushima nuclear power plant, also began to develop frightening symptoms, including chronic bronchitis and hemorrhaging.


They and 49 other U.S. Navy members who served aboard the Reagan and sister ship the USS Essex now trace illnesses including thyroid and testicular cancers, leukemia and brain tumors to the time spent aboard the massive ship, whose desalination system pulled in seawater that was used for drinking, cooking and bathing. In a lawsuit filed against Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the plaintiffs claim the power company delayed telling the U.S. Navy the tsunami had caused a nuclear meltdown, sending huge amounts of contaminated water into the sea and, ultimately, into the ship's water system.


“At our level, we weren’t told anything,” Plym told “We were told everything was OK.” Now, Plym, Enis and dozens of others wonder if their service to their country and to Japan has left them doomed.


“I get so angry," Plym said. "They said as long as the plume was avoided we would be fine. But we knew then that something was going to happen. Common sense tells you that the wind would blow it everywhere. You don’t need to be a nuclear scientist to figure that out.”

Why the anger though: after all everyone lied, starting with those in control, and certainly the media that supports the status quo (one must think of all those advertising dollars) constantly and repeatedly that it is simply preposterous to assume that a benevolent regime which only cares about the wealth effect (of both the US and Japan) would engage in such a vast conspiracy as to hide from the world just how destructive the fallour from Fukushima truly was (even as the fringe blogosphere was warning precisely about this day in, and day out).

But while the lies are easily explainable, what is more surprising is that the soldiers are blaming just Tepco instead of everyone in their chain of command for putting them in the line of gamma radiation fire.

San Francisco Attorney Charles Bonner,who is representing allegedly cancer-stricken sailors, initially filed a federal suit in the Southern District of California more than a year ago on behalf of a dozen sailors. The lawsuit was initially dismissed, when the court ruled that any ruling would hinge on interpreting communication between the Japanese and U.S. governments, which could violate the separation of powers. But Bonner is amending the suit to add new allegations that would fall under the court's jurisdiction. And the number of plaintives has more than quadrupled as more service members come forward with radiation-related illnesses, he said.

“They went in to help with rescue efforts," said Bonner, who plans to refile the suit on Jan. 6. "They did not go in prepared to deal with radiation containment.”

The plaintiffs don't blame the U.S. Navy, which they believe acted in good faith, Bonner said. It was the plant's operators who sat on the meltdown information during the crucial hours following the March 11, 2011 disaster, he said.

“TEPCO pursued a policy which caused rescuers, including the plaintiffs, to rush into an unsafe area which was too close to the [Fukushima nuclear power plant] that had been damaged,” Bonner charged in an April filing now being updated to add more plaintiffs. “Relying upon the misrepresentation regarding health and safety made by TEPCO, upon information and belief, the U.S. Navy was lulled into a false sense of security.

“The officers and crew of the U.S.S. Reagan (CVN-76) and other vessels believed that it was safe to operate within the waters adjacent to the FNPP, without doing the kinds of research and testing that would have verified the problems known to the defendant TEPCO at the time.”

Nathan Piekutoski, 22, who served aboard the USS Essex, which was in the same deployment as the Reagan, said sailors had no choice but to trust what they were told.

“They did say it was safe at the time,” Piekutoski said. “We had to take their word for it.”

Piekutowski says he suffered from leukemia and, while he is currently in remission, Doctors have told him that he may need a bone marrow transplant.

“Within a few months I started getting all these weird symptoms," he recalled of the months following the disaster response. "Night sweats. Not sleeping. I started losing a lot of weight.

“It’s one of those things," he added. "You’re angry that it happens but we had to go. It was our duty. I joined the military to help people in need.”

A spokesperson for the Department of Defense declined to comment on the pending lawsuit, but told the Pentagon has been monitoring and collecting data on radiation exposure in the region.

Needless to say, the criminals at Tepco have nothing to say:

TEPCO officials did not respond to requests for comment. But a recent admission before members of the Japanese press on Dec. 12 during a meeting at the Tokyo Press Club, former Prime Minister Naoto Jan said the first meltdown occurred five hours after the tsunami, not the next day as reported at the time. 


Bonner alleges that the statement means that the Japanese government knew radiation was being leaked and did not inform the U.S. Navy.


“They knew there was an active meltdown and they deliberately hid it from the public as well as the Navy,” Bonner said. “Those sailors went in there totally unaware and they were contaminated as a result.”


Plym says she is prepared to have her symptoms question in court, should the case go to trial. But with so many U.S. sailors coming forward, she believes justice will prevail.


“People will say that out lawsuit is fake and that we are doing this for money, but it’s really about getting the correct information out there,” Plym said.

And now back to a mythical reality in which insolvent governments tell the "truth" about the true, and very deplorable, state of affairs just behind the peeing facade. In the meantime, to all the sailors whose only crime was believing their criminal, corrupt superiors: our condolences.

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stacking12321's picture

sad story.

i would feel sorry for these people if they weren't part of an armed gang that terrorizes and kills innocent people, and destroys lives.

max2205's picture

I see a political push after this.....BP should have been bankrupted after the spill....which is closer and worse...ACA .....let a bunch of sailor watch nuc tests without horrible are those that run this country....hello...anyone?

flacon's picture

There's an inverse leveraged ETF for this, right? Anyone know the ticker symbol? 

macholatte's picture


In the big picture of it all $110M in damages is chicken feed...... however, the scum responsible for the damage (manslaughter) will fight it to the bitter end. The victims will likely be long dead before any settlement is made.


Maybe the entire TepCo board should spend a couple weeks doing site clean up.

fonzannoon's picture

Sounds like the script for "The Rainmaker 2" starring Matt Damon

Fukushima Sam's picture

I'm sure radiation had nothing to do with these illnesses.  You know bananas have radiation in them, right?

Jam's picture

Really? Maybe that's what is wrong with Barry and the gang.

El Oregonian's picture

If you really wanted to arrest the real culprites start with the banksters. Move across to the military industrial complex, then swoop down on those slimy "6%ers" in congress and stinking sacks'o-shits in the Admin.

It's not much, but it's a start...

The Heart's picture


When ideas are seeds...soon they become actions above ground.

GetZeeGold's picture



Pretty sure Johnny didn't join the Navy to work for Tepco.


Doesn't Japan have a Navy?

jbvtme's picture

march 11 is the date of the earthquake. 3/11=33. this was a masonic hit just like jfk (11/22).

BaBaBouy's picture

The Only Thing i Can Ask Myself Is WHY IS JAPAN Still SOLVENT ???

What King Of A Fucked Up World Financial System Assigns So Much
Value To That Disaster Of A Place???

Divided States of America's picture

I am surprised I dont hear any news from the Japanese media on how many people  have developed cancer over in Japan...I am sure they are covering that up as well.

Short Memories's picture

The picture in this article is BS though. Read about the obsolete unit of the RAD and what it's about (absorbed radiation) and look at what the pic is trying to tell you. More FUD.

No one with real knowledge about what was going on would use this legend or scale.

That said, I'll be interested in following the sailors stories to see how they pan out. Tepco is still lying regardless of the BS pic


slvrizgold's picture

No, they don't have a navy really.  They just pay for ours.  See, they print these worthless pieces of paper called "Yen" out of thin air, and then use them to buy Treasury bonds so we can waste hundreds of billions of dollars on defense every year.

ebworthen's picture

"Hey, let's have the Olympics in Japan!"


Yes, I like the idea of starting with the banksters and working down.

ronaldawg's picture

Anytime I hear a lawyer say that a lawsuit is not about the 'money' my head starts to hurt.   Such BS.  If you are in the military, the government owns you.  The service provides your medical care. 

scraping_by's picture

And we're supposed to own the service.

Spending lives of fellow citizens for no national reason is bad PR. Embarassment might make a change. If they have enough humanity to worry about that.

ronaldawg's picture

Is there a point you are making?  The military throws lives away everyday with little or no consequence.  A scapegoat is usually asked to retire.

The Commander in Chief is ultimately responsible, which is Obama.   When has he ever been held responsible for anything.

Harbanger's picture

Dr. Engali, The master of evil from Johny Sokko series.  Is that you?

Harbanger's picture

I'm not taking sides yet, I don't have enough information.  All I have to  say for now is, we're living in end days of a litigious society.

Harbanger's picture

Can I get an argument so we can teach?

Harbanger's picture

Win an argument? No!  We down vote -5 so far cause it hurt our feelings.  What is this, fight club?  I'll send 10 bitcoins to the 1st bitch that can win an argument  That'll get the hoes motivated.

The Heart's picture

Hey Har,

U B undrr A-tack by the isreali multi-downarrowing program they developed for just this purpose. It is really only one pointed headed ziolizard sitting in a shirthol somewhere being paid by your tax dollars at work. Where else in the world can you be, where your own babylonian govt has declared war on YOU!

Harbanger's picture

No.  It's our unconsciousness.  I learn from every experience, I've lived thru hell on earth.  Against all odds, I've been preserved to this day for his purpose.

cornflakesdisease's picture

When you were born, you parents didn;t know whether to throw away you or the afterbirth.  Actually, they could tell which was which.

scraping_by's picture

In this case, private legal work is replacing public.

This should be law and policy by our elected officials. Instead, they have to be whipped at to do their jobs.

Motivation, mostly public image damage.

Freedom Isnt Cheap's picture

As someone who has served on a similar class Aircraft Carrier CVN-73 it is not surprising to me. The carrier goes through a huge volume of water each day that is pulled in from the ocean and run through the desalination plant. This is water that is then piped throughout the ship for drinking, cooking food in the galley's, showering, ect. It is your main source of water. It is not surprising that it would be contaminated as a result of the meltdown. I am surprised that the ships own nuclear detectors did not pick up the radioactive signatures. Also, I would expect a much higher level of radioactive illnesses being reported considering the carrier has roughly 5,000 sailors on board. Unless they were told not to discuss this and that it is now considered classified information. There may be more illnesses then what is currently reported and I wonder if any of these people in the lawsuit are still on active duty or if they have been discharged and able to discuss their particular illness.


Nick Jihad's picture

Does the desalinization plant work thru distillation? Because that would remove radioctive isotopes the same way that salt is removed.

The Heart's picture

"There may be more illnesses then what is currently reported and I wonder if any of these people in the lawsuit are still on active duty or if they have been discharged and able to discuss their particular illness."

Yay Freedom!

Yes, like in japan, more sickness than is being reported. Soon, the light/knowledge will overflow and people will finally realize how bad and how many are sick and dying in regards to this horrendous holocaust in japan, and on the US west coast.

Of course, careful observations over the last almost three years of radiation checking indicates that the folks on the eastern and north eastern parts of the US are getting hit harder than the poor innocent victims on the west coast. Believe it, or not.

The way things are going with the total lack of attention and control of this evil murderous rothschild human killing tool, the people of the earth have about five years left before the total Extinction of the human species.

Read em, and weep.



Exponere Mendaces's picture

See, this is what I don't get. If they had detection devices, why didn't the concentration cause an alarm? Are we advertising the fact that someone could just let go a nice nasty plume of polonium or other agent and poison an entire ship that easily?

Either something isn't being communicated here, like a low-bid contractor implementation of the devices, or some chain-of-command failure is being covered up and we're not getting the whole story here.

Or every US Navy ship could be put out of service by a dedicated snorkler and a fistful of radioactive matter, which is too crazy to even believe.


emersonreturn's picture

freedom isn't cheap,


thank you for the insight.  i feel very sorry for those aboard the ship, for the people living near fukus, and the pacific ocean and west coast of NA...but i wonder if the reason the ship was so close to fukus may;ve had something do with the sort of site fukus was/is?  if the navy was present because it produced weapon grade?

matrix2012's picture

yeah emerson you nail it


* "Japan has the bomb. Israel did the testing."


United States Circumvented Laws To Help Japan Accumulate Tons of Plutonium


The United States deliberately allowed Japan access to the United States’ most secret nuclear weapons facilities while it transferred tens of billions of dollars worth of American tax paid research that has allowed Japan to amass 70 tons of weapons grade plutonium since the 1980s, a National Security News Service investigation reveals. These activities repeatedly violated U.S. laws regarding controls of sensitive nuclear materials that could be diverted to weapons programs in Japan. The NSNS investigation found that the United States has known about a secret nuclear weapons program in Japan since the 1960s, according to CIA reports.


A year ago a natural disaster combined with a man-made tragedy decimated Northern Japan and came close to making Tokyo, a city of 30 million people, uninhabitable. Nuclear tragedies plague Japan’s modern history. It is the only nation in the world attacked with nuclear weapons. In March 2011, after a tsunami swept on shore, hydrogen explosions and the subsequent meltdowns of three reactors at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant spewed radiation across the region. Like the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan will face the aftermath for generations. A twelve-mile area around the site is considered uninhabitable. It is a national sacrifice zone.


How Japan ended up in this nuclear nightmare is a subject the National Security News Service has been investigating since 1991. We learned that Japan had a DUAL USE nuclear program. The public program was to develop and provide unlimited energy for the country. But there was also a secret component, an undeclared nuclear weapons program that would allow Japan to amass enough nuclear material and technology to become a major nuclear power on short notice.


That secret effort was hidden in a nuclear power program that by March 11, 2011– the day the earthquake and tsunami overwhelmed the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant – had amassed 70 metric tons of plutonium. Like its use of civilian nuclear power to hide a secret bomb program, Japan used peaceful space exploration as a cover for developing sophisticated nuclear weapons delivery systems.


Political leaders in Japan understood that the only way the Japanese people could be convinced to allow nuclear power into their lives was if a long line of governments and industry hid any military application. For that reason, a succession of Japanese governments colluded on a bomb program disguised as innocent energy and civil space programs. The irony, of course, is that Japan had gone to war in 1941 to secure its energy future only to become the sole nation attacked with nuclear weapons.


By Joseph Trento, on April 9th, 2012

National Security News Service

HardAssets's picture

The first thing I thought is that there is something about this that doesn't smell right. As you mentioned there was a US nuke carrier involved CVN-76. There are crew members aboard that ship with the knowledge and equipment to test for nuclear contamination. They knew there was an accident and supposedly just accepted the word of Japanese TEPCO officials ?


applelover's picture

even if tepco gets fined, seems unlikely anyone will go to jail.  i dont see the same culture as in the book Shogun where japanese took responsbility for their error and comitted suicide

DaveyJones's picture

I'm starting to suspect that governments don't care about people

Harbanger's picture

If it weren't for gov caring about us and the chillin, we've be overrun by greedy bastards.  Yes, No?  Tell me why?

DaveyJones's picture

so that's why they're greedy. They never knew their real father.

Harbanger's picture

That went over me head, slow down.  I'm a little dense.  I kinda think I know what you meant, but I don't wanna read into it.

Harbanger's picture

I love playing fools like a fiddle.  Just saying.  Not directed at you per se, just fools in general.

nightshiftsucks's picture

So what are you saying,you're a fool and like to play with yourself ?

Harbanger's picture

Yes +1 to build your confidence, now ask another question.

Harbanger's picture

This little test helped me further understand Bernays, propaganda and sheperding.  For those who are wondering where we're going, Hard Right MoFos.

Harbanger's picture

I gave myself a -1 immediately after posting on all my comments except the last comment, for anyone wondering.  Damn the mindless sheep.

samcontrol's picture

you are just going to be ignored by most and red arrowed by many..

my take is ...
q culeado q SOS.

ronaldawg's picture

Look - over there!    Joo squirrel......