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Service members sick after helping with Fukushima nuclear disaster

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TOKYO — A former Japanese prime minister is raising money for the hundreds of American who say they got sick from after taking part in relief operations for the 2011 tsunami that set off the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Junichiro Koizumi, prime minister from 2001 to 2006, told reporters Wednesday he recently visited San Diego to meet with former military service members, who have begun a class-action lawsuit against Tokyo Electric Power Co., the utility that operates the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant.

Some 70,000 and Marines took part in “Operation Tomodachi,” flying in aid from an aircraft carrier and other warships off the coast of northeastern .

Some got seriously sick with cancer and leukemia and blame . TEPCO denies any link between the illness and .

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