Thursday, April 14, 2011

Fukushima Nuclear Plant Operator TEPCO to Pay Compensation to the Evacuees: Japan Trade Minister Banri Kaieda

Trade Minister Banri Kaieda
TOKYO - - Last month’s twin disaster in Japan left tens of thousands in miserable conditions not only because of the fear of leaking radiation from tsunami-ravaged Fukushima Dai-chi nuclear plant but also due to forced migration (evacuation) from the area around the crippled nuclear plant.

This huge number of people who ordered to evacuate from the area around the Fukushima plant are unable to return their homes and start their livelihood as normal just because of sustained fears radiation release from the plant in shape of radioactive particles and water. Radiation leaks from the plant have infected crops and left fishermen in the region unable to sell their catches, which is a massive set back to an area dependent on fishing and farming a lot.

Keeping in view the situation of the evacuees; Japan government on Friday has ordered Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) to compensate the people who were forced to escape due to nuclear disaster in their area.   

Reportedly; a Trade Ministry spokesperson, Hiroaki Wada confirmed on Friday that F TEPCO (operator of crippled nuclear plant) will pay at the earliest from $9,000 to $12,000 as compensation to the evacuees. He further told that families forced to evacuate will get 1 million yen (about $12,000) and individuals will be paid 750,000 yen (about $9,000) as compensation.

In a news conference Trade Minister Banri Kaieda said that there were about 150 evacuation centres; therefore it might take some time but they wanted TEPCO to do it as quickly as possible to ease up the lives of victims.   

Masataka Shimizu, TEPCO's president, is likely to announce the compensation package formally later today (Friday/April 15).

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