The evacuees who were affected by the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown in 2011 may receive an additional 2.5-6.5 million yen (approx. US$25,000 – $63,000) as part of the compensation from the utility operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO). This is part of the new policy draft from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s evaluative committee for disputes over compensation for nuclear disasters.
The additional payment would be on top of the 7.5 million yen ($73,000) initially stated for the victims, and this would cover the emotional damage suffered throughout the evacuation and relocation process. It will now bring the total possible compensation to 10-14 million yen per person and the final amounts will be announced by December 26. This covers those who live in areas that have 50 millisieverts of radiation per year and will be used as financial support for the rebuilding of their lives away from their homes.
The new limits of compensation were also included in the draft . The money that evacuees receive under the compensation system, 100,000 yen ($972) per month, will stop one year after the evacuation zone order has been lifted. It also says that the compensation will only cover 50-75% of the difference between the actual value of the house when it was built and its value right before the disaster. This includes those whose houses are wooden structures that are over 48 years old. Furthermore, if they bought land in their new locations that are more expensive than their previous town, they will receive 50-100% compensation of the difference.
This cap on compensation has been met with strong criticism from residents and local government officials. Koichi Miyamoto, the mayor of Tomioka, one of the towns that is still under the evacuation zone, said that it is unfair and impossible to finalize the compensation rules while the residents are still in the process of evacuation. Most of the evacuees are still unable to return to their towns due to the continued radiation fears as the clean-up process in the plant is still underway and the decommissioning is expected to last around 2-3 decades.
[ via Mainichi ]