Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said Monday that it has started sending out forms to Fukushima residents to file claims for damages resulting from the evacuation of areas surrounding its stricken Daiichi nuclear power plant. TEPCO said it aims to make its first payments in October.
TEPCO officials told a news conference in Tokyo that the initial round of compensation claims are to cover damages from March 11 up to Aug 31. The company also announced that subsequent claims are to be taken quarterly and that the first round of compensation will not cover property damage.
According to the government, about 80,000 people were evacuated from a 20-km radius around Fukushima Daiichi plant, which has been leaking radiation since March 11.
Compensation will cover transportation (5,000 yen per person) and lodging expenses (8,000 yen per night for accommodation) for anyone forced to relocate, as well as mental suffering. Additional amounts will be paid for loss of income on a case-by-case basis, TEPCO said, adding that those amounts will be in line with government guidelines issued earlier in August.
As part of the compensation plans, the government will pitch in an initial 2 trillion yen in the form of special government bonds to help TEPCO.
The Diet in early August, passed a law to create a state-backed entity that would help TEPCO pay the compensation bill for the disaster, estimated to reach tens of billions of yen. The government has agreed to help TEPCO compensate evacuees and other victims, conceding in the law that the state is partly responsible because it has promoted nuclear energy for decades.© Japan Today