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Court orders gov't, TEPCO to pay Fukushima evacuees over nuclear disaster

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By Behrouz Mehri

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Taxpayers shouldn’t pay for disasters caused by private companies.

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That's good news for the evacuees, but not so good for the rest of the people in the TEPCO grid. They've already increased tariffs by 10% to pay for their manmade disaster. No doubt we will see another increase to cover this round of compensation. Both TEPCO and the government are criminals who seem to be above the law.

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About time that TEPCO is held accountable!

And agree, they (TEPCO) will just raise the tariffs again to get all that money.

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10,000 dollars per resident what a joke.

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I dont think any one now can say Nuclear power is cheap and safe.

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This is why TEPCO wanted to be acquired by the JGov because profits remain more important than responsibilities. Just sad

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Remember, J Government has 51% control over TEPCO, so will the money come from TEPCO or Tax payers? Or both?

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7 years too late, as ever, things move at a glacial rate in Japan... and a pittance of a compensation too.

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The Einstein who decided to locate a nuke plant on the very coast that the world the word "tsunami" should be sued....big time.

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Perhaps all the executives should repay all their pay for the period since the hazard has been known and no action taken?

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I dont think any one now can say Nuclear power is cheap and safe.

There's always some yahoo though.

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Is that ¥110 million EACH? Or is that amount to be divided among 110 people?

One figure is too much, and the other too little! Might I offer a suggestion? How about doing some definitive reporting?

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Math time: 419.6 million yen divided by 152 residents = about 2.8 million yen per person. That's about $25,000 US dollars.

That doesn't seem like very much, considering everything.

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Do the math the payouts are pathetically LOW, hell Y419million would pay for what 15 x Y25million country homes...……...this is a frigging JOKE

A real SICK joke that continues unabated!!!

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Jimi - 7 years too late, as ever, things move at a glacial rate in Japan... and a pittance of a compensation too.

That depends on which glacier you are talking about. The glacier on the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro has decreased by 80% in the last 15 years. Just like Japan's economy.

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Wasn't part of the cost/bill set aside for decommissioning and disaster? That was added to the bill? But now after nearly a decade hey presto tax payers pay? That's wrong, you'd now have to assume that the government just doesn't care about YOU.

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Strangerland - Nuclear power actually is cheap, and quite safe. The problem is that when it does go wrong, it goes really, really wrong.

Actually, the cost of generating nuclear power may very well be cheap. However, th cost of building the plants, maintaining them, decommissioning them and storing spent fuel is huge, which means it is not cheap at all. As for safety, the are huge dangers in manufacturing, transporting and storing the fuel. The plants themselves run on the edge of critical failure at all times, as has been shown with three major incidents (so far) and a handful of minor incidents. This means it is not safe either.

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Theres certainly previous payouts to Fukushima evacuees, how this differs from those the article makes no mention of.

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bout time?

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What will the cost be to future generations of Japanese, left with literally thousands of tonnes of nuclear waste that emits radiation for a millennia- no way to compensate for that!

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They can start to move on that money, problen is how they can sell their properties which some of them are farmers?

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It's outrageous that after eight years TEPCO still haven't settled all these outstanding law suits. I'm sure they will appeal and the process will drag on for several more decades, until everyone is dead.

And if TEPCO raise their prices you can switch to another supplier.

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"...to pay the money to 152 local residents..."

It's good TEPCO, hasn't filed for bankruptcy as arguably under Japan’s Act on Compensation, this entity could tip up, in effect leaving the Government with the whole liability.

A scenario, that in all probability, would have dire consequences for the whole nuclear industry.

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The cost of generating nuclear power may very well be cheap. However, th cost of building the plants, maintaining them, decommissioning them and storing spent fuel is huge, which means it is not cheap at all

Still cheaper than the alternatives.

So I stick by my original claim.

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The plants themselves run on the edge of critical failure at all times, as has been shown with three major incidents (so far) and a handful of minor incidents. This means it is not safe either.

And yet people die from coal related pollution all the time. People don’t die from nuclear power.

So again, I stand by my original claim.

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Back on topic please.

Nuclear power actually is cheap, and quite safe. The problem is that when it does go wrong, it goes really, really wrong.

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