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Japan to extend compensation for Fukushima 1 nuclear disaster


Japan to extend compensation for Fukushima 1 nuclear disaster

Tokyo, Dec 20 (Prensa Latina) The Japanese Government informed that financial compensation for psychological damage to victims of the Fukushima 1 nuclear accident will be expanded.

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) revised the compensation criteria developed in 2011 and added new eligible candidates. According to the agency, even in the areas of restricted residence and preparation for cancellation of evacuation orders. The community was destroyed and the basis of life changed completely.

For this group of citizens, 2.5 million yen (18,887 dollars) per capita was introduced.

The amount already established for the victims who had to leave their homes abruptly due to high radioactive contamination and live since 2011 as evacuees with no possibility to return was also increased by 300,000 yen (2,266 dollars).

It was also defined that the balance indicated in the latest guidelines ‘is not an upper limit’, so the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), in charge of the Fukushima power plant, will have to respond with flexibility.

The MEXT Nuclear Damage Compensation Dispute Review Committee based its decision on investigations and analysis by experts from various disciplines, as well as exchanges with evacuees.

The move is now in line with the Supreme Court’s ruling that last March ordered Tepco to pay more compensation than contemplated in government guidelines as a result of seven class action lawsuits. Based on the above mentioned standards, the Japanese company currently pays 100,000 yen (755 dollars) a month per person, until the seven-million (52,883-dollar) regulated amount is reached.


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