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Friday, April 15, 2011

Japan Utility Will Give $12,000 To Fukushima Evacuee Families

Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) will start paying compensation April 28 to families forced to evacuate because of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster. Families will receive 1 million yen (about $12,000) and individuals will get 750,000 yen (about $9,000.

Roughly 48,000 households living within about 19 miles (30 kilometers) of the crippled power plant would be eligible for the payments. The payments are to compensate residents who are unable to return to their homes and are bereft of their livelihoods and possessions, unsure of when, if ever, they will be able to return home. Some have traveled hundreds of miles to TEPCO's headquarters in Tokyo to press their demands for compensation.

There are around 150 evacuation centers alone. It will take some time until everyone gets money. The arrangement is a provisional one, with more compensation expected. (MSN News, 4/15/2011)

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