Wednesday, October 08, 2014

          Legal Impact of the Fukushima Disaster Symposium

          Waseda Law School in Tokyo took the lead in organizing compensation for victims.
          Sample alt tag.
          Front row from the left: Hiroshi Fukurai (UCSC), Yoshitaka Wada (Waseda Law School), Setsuo Miyazawa, Nancy Stuart, Richard Marcus, Morris Ratner. Back row from the left: David Makman (Makman & Matz), Kenji Fukuda (Waseda), Keith Hand, Eric Feldman (U Penn Law School), John Kakinuki (Kakinuki Law Office), Takao Suami (Waseda).

          When the earthquake hit off the coast of Japan in March 2011, and the resulting tsunami disabled the Fukushima Daichi nuclear plant and spread radiation, the residents of the town of Namie were forced to relocate en masse.

          There were many pursuant legal issues that had to be addressed: what was the liability of the Japanese government, General Electric (which built the plant), and the Tokyo Electric & Power Company, which operated the plant? How could local governments provide assistance to evacuated residents?

          The dearth of lawyers in rural Japan made it almost impossible for victims to pursue justice. Tokyo’s highly regarded Waseda Law School stepped in to help, offering legal assistance to the town of Namie and initiating a project to seek compensation for displaced residents in the special mediation program in the absence of class action, which is not permitted in Japan.

          In this conference at UC Hastings that was held on September, 19, 2014, Professor Ratner and several Waseda-affiliated scholars spoke about these topics. The proceedings will be published in an upcoming issue of the Asian-Pacific Law & Policy Journal.


          Go to News Archive

          Share this Story

          Share via Facebook
          Share via TwitterShare via EmailPrint Friendly Version

          Other Recent Stories/ RSS

          Thursday, March 15, 2018

          Haiti’s First Law School Clinic Launches in Collaboration with UC Hastings

          Professor Yvon Janvier of L’Ecole Supérieure Catholique de Droit de Jérémie, with support from the Hastings to Haiti Partnership, will supervise Haiti’s first law school clinic in an effort to improve life and promote a system grounded in fair trial, equity, and social justice.
          Wednesday, March 14, 2018

          UC Hastings Student Tapped for U.S. Department of Justice Honors Program

          3L Samantha Ricci is heading to Washington, DC after graduation to join the DOJ at the Environment and Natural Resources Division through its Honors Program.
          Tuesday, March 13, 2018

          Eighteen Tech Companies Join Startup Legal Garage This Spring

          The innovative startups will receive free legal services from UC Hastings students and practicing attorneys.
          Monday, March 12, 2018

          Congressman Adam Schiff is UC Hastings Law's 2018 Commencement Speaker

          Schiff represents California's 28th Congressional District, serves as ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
          Tuesday, March 06, 2018

          UC Hastings Collaborates with Alum for Collection at Local Tenderloin Boutique

          Attorney by day, small business owner by night, Nate Torres ’07 created a capsule collection of UC Hastings-inspired t-shirts, sweatshirts, and hats that he hopes will capture the unique vibe of the attending law school in the TL and bring a communal feeling to campus.
          Go to News Archive