Saturday, April 16, 2011

Japan orders TEPCO to pay evacuees $12,000




The Japanese government has ordered on Friday the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the operator of the damaged Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant, to pay one million yen (US$12,000) to each household who were forced to evacuate their homes.
TEPCO will have to pay about 50,000 households within the 30-kilometer radius from the damaged power plant, said Mainichi News.
Banri Kaieda, Economy, Trade and Industry Minister, said that TEPCO is due to make provisional payments as early as this month.
Meanwhile, single-person households will receive 750,000 yen each (US$9,000) said Kaieda.
Those who are outside the 30-kilometer area can still be paid as long as they stay in government-elected evacuation centers.
It was reported earlier that the state will compensate the victims as provided in the law.
The Fukushima plant was destroyed following the earthquake-tsunami disasters last month.
Following the continuous release of radioactive materials the alert level was raised to the highest possible of 7 early this week. The radius was widened from 30 kilometers to 50-100 kilometers.
Details of this report here.
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