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Wednesday, 16th January 2013
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NHK former employee sues for unfair dismissal

A former employee of the Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK), or Japan Broadcasting Corporation as it is referred to in the UK, is attempting to sue the organisation after she left the country following the nuclear incident at Fukushima power plant and was subsequently sacked.

The woman filing the lawsuit, Emmanuelle Bodin, is a French citizen and states that the French government told all nationals to leave the country following the incident.

She claims that a superior at the company gave her and her two daughters permission to leave Japan on March 15, 2011.

Ms Bodin said that she told her employer she would be returning to Japan by March 30th, 2011, although she received a letter dated March 22nd telling her that her contract would be terminated.

She had been an employee of the NHK for over 20 years and said in a news conference that at the time she made the decision to temporarily leave Japan "to protect [her] family".