A group representing more than 400 families who left their homes in Fukushima of their accord because of concerns over radiation rallied in front of Tokyo Electric Power Co's headquarters in Tokyo on Friday.
The group is seeking more than 1.2 billion yen in compensation.
A new set of guidelines released by a government panel on Aug 5 increased the categories and numbers of people and businesses to be compensated by TEPCO for financial and emotional damages caused by the continuing crisis at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
The guidelines say that businesses, such as hotels, ryokans, restaurants and tour operators, which have lost business due to canceled reservations, and food exporters who have seen their business decline because of radiation worries, should be eligible for compensation. Farmers in prefectures where cattle were fed rice straw that was contaminated will also receive compensation under the new guidelines.
Residents forced to leave their homes are included in the list, but not those who left of their own accord. Representatives of this group presented a petition to TEPCO officials Friday, claiming financial and emotional losses.
A TEPCO official told the group that the utility will follow the government's guidelines for compensation.© Japan Today