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3.11 Great Earthquake

3.11 GreatEarthquake


 

Activities of the JFBA and local bar associations for victims of the Earthquake

Right after the Earthquake, the JFBA and local bar associations began their activities for victims. Examples of their activities are as follows:

 

- The JFBA assists victims with their claims against the Tokyo Electric Power Company (“TEPCO”). TEPCO, responsible for the nuclear power plant incident, prepared a more than 150 page guidebook for compensation. The guidebook is not easy to understand. Further, the procedure for compensation set by TEPCO is also complicated. The JFBA has already had numerous consultations with victims who could not understand the procedure.  The JFBA believes that it is crucial to educate the victims regarding the procedure because victims can lose their right to claim additional damages if they sign documents related to their damage claims without understanding what they are signing. For this purpose, the JFBA prepared its own handbook for victims use and bar associations have now set special consultations with victims.

 

- “The Center for Dispute Resolution for Compensating Damages from the Nuclear Power Plant Incident” began to work from September 1, 2011. This is an organization created under “the Committee for Dispute Resolution for Compensating Damages from the Nuclear Power Plant Incident,” one of the committees of the Ministry of Education Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.  This Center offers ADR for victims and aims for an easy and rapid resolution of problems they encounter when they claim damages against the electric power companies.  The members of this Center are attorneys, judges, and specialists form the Ministry of Justice.  The JFBA supports this Center and issued two public statements.

 

- The JFBA and local bar associations created important tools for victims:

- FAQ prepared by the Sendai Bar Association (Miyagi Prefecture).

- “Record notebook for victims of the nuclear power incident” has been prepared by the Fukushima Bar Association. This notebook assists victims in keeping a record of things necessary to claim damages against TEPCO. Other local associations have also made record notebooks.

- The JFBA created a record notebook for entrepreneurs designed specifically for individuals.

- Numerous consultations and telephone consultations have been carried out in Fukushima and Miyagi Prefectures. These consultations were organized by the Fukushima Bar Association, the Sendai Bar Association, the JFBA, and the Japan Legal Center with support of many other local associations (three bar associations of Tokyo, Aichi, Yamagata, Kanto, Kinki, and Tohoku).  Local bar associations continue special consultations for victims.

- The toll-free telephone consultation hotline also received more than 4,500 calls as of October 7, 2011.

- A special telephone consultation hotline is also carried out in English, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Tagalog, Spanish, Indonesian, Romanian, Thai, Burmese, Hindi, Bengal, Russian, and Polish.

- Besides the public statements and opinion papers, the JFBA uses TWITTER in order to release its opinions or important information concerning the disaster quickly.

 

These writings are the reflections of an attorney who was a victim of the Earthquake and nuclear power incident herself, and of two attorneys who went to the stricken areas to support the victims.

- Ms. Karoji described the problems that she encountered herself and the support that she is providing for victims in Fukushima Prefecture. Ms. Minagawa from the Tokyo Bar Association and Ms. Ichige from the Sapporo Bar Association explained their experiences of legal consultations with victims.

2016/03/11 Statement Marking the Fifth Anniversary of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and the Subsequent Fukushima No.1 Nuclear Power Plant Accident
2015/10/02 Resolution Calling for the Relief for the People Affected by the Fukushima No.1 Nuclear Power Plant Accident and for the Facilitation of Disaster Recovery (Summary)
2015/03/11 Statement Marking the Fourth Anniversary of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and the Subsequent Fukushima No.1 Nuclear Power Plant Accident
2014/05/30 Outline of the Declaration Aiming at the Restoration of Fundamental Human Rights from Damages Caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake and the Fukushima No.1 Nuclear Power Plant Accident and the Realization of Transition Away from Nuclear Power Adopted at the 65th JFBA General Meeting
2014/05/21 Statement Regarding the Ruling Rendered by the Fukui District Court to Not Restart the No. 3 and No.4 Reactors of the Oi Nuclear Power Plant
2014/03/01 Path Taken in the Three Years Since the Great East Japan Earthquake and the Nuclear Power Plant Accident
Lawsuits Spreading Nationwide Claiming Compensation for Damage Caused by the Nuclear Power Plant Accident
2013/04/26 Statement Calling for Application of the Act on Support for Reconstructing the Livelihoods of Disaster Victims to Long-Term Evacuees as a Result of the Fukushima No.1 Nuclear Power Plant Accident
2013/03/11 Statement Marking the Occasion of Two Years after the Great East Japan Earthquake and the Subsequent Fukushima No.1 Nuclear Power Plant Accident
2012/09/21 Statement Calling for the Realization of Non-Nuclear Power Policies through the Early Establishment of the Basic Law on Non-Nuclear Power Plants

 

Personal experiences of attorneys

These writings are the reflections of an attorney who was a victim of the Earthquake and nuclear power incident itself, and of two attorneys who went to the stricken areas to support the victims.

Ms. Karoji describes the problems that she encountered herself and the support that she is providing for victims in Fukushima Prefecture. Ms. Minagawa from the Tokyo Bar Association and Ms. Ichige from the Sapporo Bar Association explained their experiences of legal consultations with victims.

 

Donations

The JFBA has collected a large amount of donations from its members. Also the JFBA is particularly grateful to the Korean Bar Association and to the Minnesota State Bar Association for their kind donations.