SAN DIEGO (KGTV/CNN) - A group of American sailors is suing Japan's Tokyo Electric Power Company, saying it lied to them about radiation dangers after the 2011 tsunami.
The eight sailors say they've been sickened by radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster. They were delivering aid from the USS Ronald Reagan, off the coast of Japan.
The sailors say the Japanese government knew how dangerous the situation was, and never warned them about the risks.
"I just want to get it out. I'm not after this for any financial compensation. I just want the truth to be told, because they were lied to. And that's something you shouldn't lie about. This is peoples' lives. We're not robots on a ship," said former sailor Lindsay Cooper.
An attorney for the eight says Japan should pay for the illnesses the sailors are dealing with. but experts say it can be difficult to make a direct connection between this kind of radiation exposure and illness.
The complaint seeks $10 million in compensatory damages and $30 million in punitive damages for each of the plaintiffs from TEP-CO, which is owned by the Japanese government.