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OPERATION TOMODACHI REVISITED MISSION STATEMENT Paul C. Garner, Esq. 760-600-0081 daryljbrooks@roadrunner.

.com History tends to repeat itself those whom we represent are all victims of radiation exposure during Operation Tomodachi1 who have already suffered the effects of very real physical injuries (not psychosomatic in nature) . Our mission is to convince the Toyko Electric Power Company, Inc. (TEPCO) , which is legally responsible for their injuries, to provide the resources necessary to help us establish a continuing fund to ensure the welfare of the victims, as well as to secure just compensation for their losses.2 On March 12, 2011, radiation was everywhere but could not be seen. The Reagans carrier group, including 4 destroyers, a cruiser and several support ships, as well as those serving in Japan landside, were doused with large amounts of iodine-131, cesium-137 and other dangerous isotopes carried by air and sea. These young Americans had unselfishly responded to the emergency created by the Great East Japan EarthquakeTsunami Disaster. The day before, March 11, 2011, @ 2:46 p.m. local time, the eastern portion of Japan was jolted by a massive, 9.0 earthquake that struck just off the Tohoku region coastline, 80 miles from Sendai and 110 miles from Fukushima. The quake-tsunami resulted, not only in a significant shifting of the entire island, but also the death of over 20,000 people.3 The earthquake-tsunami devastated the nuclear power facility known as Fukushima Dai-ichi situated on the coast of Fukushima Prefecture, operated by TEPCO, with 6 boiling-water reactors, one of

Operation Tomodachi, literally, Operation Friend(s), was an effort by U.S. Armed Forces to provide humanitarian assistance by supporting Japan in disaster relief beginning on March 12, 2011; it involved 24,000 U.S. service members, 189 aircraft, 24 naval ships, at an estimated cost of $90 million, excluding the $4.3 billion cost incurred in the 1980s to construct the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), and excluding the adverse health impacts to those who participated. 2 Tsunehisa Katsumata, former Chairman of TEPCO currently being criminally investigated in Japan for alleged professional negligence resulting in deaths and injuries connected to operation of power plant.

Japan Meteorological Agency. The 2011 off the Pacific coast of Tohoku Earthquake.

the worlds largest nuclear generating stations. TEPCO created an illusion when it told the world then that most of the reactors uranium was intact, when, it had in fact turned into a melted, smoldering, radiating mass and was seeping out of the cracked cores of the reactors. Less than 2 years later gnarly distortions of tree growth and numerous abnormalities in insects, birds, and other animals . . . caused by genetic mutations induced by exposure to radiation in the region [around Fukushima] are visible. Already, there are also other signs of a continuing major health hazard.4 Nowhere else than in the nuclear industry are scientists so partial with respect to research questions regarding public health or ecological effects of low-dose radiation. One is reminded of the 1950s when medical doctors employed by the tobacco industry acted as witnesses in court cases about the role of tobacco as a cause of lung cancer. History repeats itself.5 Now TEPCO seeks to create the illusory impression that exposure to low doses of radiation dont pose a threat to ones health. Over the last two years it has become increasingly clear that the Fukushima nuclear disaster is worse than Chernobyl.6 History does tend to repeat itself . . .

The Effects of Low-Dose Radiation, Soviet Science, The Nuclear Industryand Independence? (2013, The Royal Statistical Society. The technical definition of low-dose radiation is set by policy-makers, eg., Intl Council for Radiation Protection, and is arbitrary and actually conceived before the discovery of DNA. No figure for dosage was ever calculated and is based upon the threshold theory assumption that there is a dosage of low-level radiation below which no damage occurs. A comforting theory, never shown to be true; nor has any safe threshold been established. 5 Ibid 6 A Basic Primer, Fukushima: Two Years Later, by Janette Sherman, M.D., Counterpunch, March 5, 2013; and,