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If Futaba's evacuation order is not to be lifted because it is close to the plant then it is uncontroversial. What is controversial is the order being lifted on other areas with more questionable safety so it is people from these areas whose views might have more relevance to the story.

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I think if your livelihood was wiped out by government and power company negligence, 6 years is a very short time for housing and living compensation.

Whole communities have been torn and kept apart by this.

This compensation plus reconstruction should be done in concert for much longer.

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I mean, with all respect, but do they really know what they are talking about?

In public...sure they know everything. In reality hell no they don't.

Japan plans to revoke evacuation orders for most people forced from their homes by the Fukushima nuclear disaster within two years as part of a plan to cut compensation payouts and speed up reconstruction, the government said on Friday.

It's not about safety, it's not about the welfare of the people, it's not about doing it right. It's all about cutting funding to people who need the assistance the most.

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I got my doubts!

Just doubts? We are long past that stage, which occurred in the first couple of days after the man-made disaster. It has been nothing but farce from the government and industry since then.

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Bit of a side note but why do peyote live anywhere near a nuclear plant? I'm sure there were people living there before the power plant but I reckon many more moved there after it was build, why?

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@Gerard van Schip - before the two Fukushima nuclear power plants were built the people in that area were dirt poor. Those that sold their land for the construction of the plants not only got rich but also flaunted their new wealth. After the plants were completed suddenly people in the area had jobs, real jobs, good paying jobs, and were able to build houses and send their kids to college. But these locals, while they did well, by and large never became part of the TEPCO elite who were the decision makers. The TEPCO elite graduated from universities like KEIO and TODAI and were sent to Fukushima for stints of 2-3 years at a time. It was a dreaded assignment. Wives often refused to accompany them. Divorce was not uncommon. The elite had no love for Fukushima and were glad to leave. Their lives were not destroyed by the nuclear disaster. They simply went back home where they always wanted to be. But the local workers lost it all.

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I love how they try to take an obvious means of penny-pinching and spin it as beneficial to the victims.

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Ok, so the bailout of the perpetrators was unequivocal and absolute, but to bailout fellow Japanese must be stopped. Corporations must come first in Japan. Ugh

Not for 100 years. No one is going to live there anymore. Move, fill in the millions of vacant towns across Japan that need to be revived. Read about abandoned farms in Shikoku. Put these two problems together and you have a revitalized Shikoku area. Why can't politicians HELP people instead of adding on to their misery? Who is actually helping people?

I feel sorry for anyone having to rely on government information, that simply must be as cringe worthy as anything I've read.

Japanese need to start helping Japanese. People are not the contamination and discrimination needs to stop. I hope people will just move away somewhere where they can be happy and healty.

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I just read "cut compensation payments" and knew something was up.

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sandhonour: Exactly. As I said in another post that got cut (it was in reply to a poster who was off-topic), this is just about saving money for the government and TEPCO. The places will never be safe to inhabit, be it the threat of radiation, feral animals roaming the areas, decay of the areas, homes, and facilities due to a lack of use for 4 years, lack of social services, transportation, and other things that will be unavailable, and not to mention the stigma the people are going to suffer! And yet, now whether they go back or not will be "their choice" according to the government, so they can go back to their ruined homes, with no communities, and receive no more compensation after a year since they are no longer in shelters or 'in need', or they can stay of their own free will in the shelters, stop receiving assistance, and start having to pay. And as a bonus for the government, they can't be blamed if the place is later indeed found to have high levels of radiation that they did not anticipate because, "no one forced the people to go back there". It's win-win for them and for TEPCO, who has been holding out on payments to many for as long as they can, likely waiting for more of this.

And meanwhile TEPCO is still demanding a restart to the reactors, getting money from the government, and saying it will raise utility costs because they want to return to profit, and on top of this the government announced today (I'm assuming it will be in the news tomorrow), that they've given up on parts of the clean-up process not to be delayed for a mere THREE YEARS behind schedule, but PERHAPS starting fuel removal in fiscal 2020 (will probably be in tomorrow's news) because it's "too difficult". And yet Abe and Co want to restart these monsters while forcing people to go live in the aftermath.

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Japan simply has no place to store radioactive waste-we have ready seen drone flights carrying radioactive material-what will people be willing to do to protest lack of government accountability?

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