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TEPCO toughens stance toward nuclear disaster damages settlement

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The government which is the major stockholder, 51% need to force TEPCO to honor it's original pledges to pay compensation to all the nuclear evacuees if they are unable to return to their former homes and communities.

Even if people go to court and win they are still liable for their own legal costs which can run into millions over many years.

Probably some lawyer group needs to look onto some type of class action lawsuit.

The law is on the side of TEPCO with the nuclear liability law which limits payment by TEPCO to ¥120 billion.

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If TEPCO refuses to pay the government must step in and pay.

There are companies which lost their business over the nuclear disaster. Hospitals shut down with abandoned medical equipment.

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TEPCO said in 2014 it would respect the body's reconciliation proposals even though the company is under no legal obligation to do so.

Of course the bulk of the anger goes towards TEPCO for refusing to adequately compensate those effected by their manmade disaster. However, don’t forget, TEPCO is now 51% owned by the federal government who are also responsible to see the victims are adequately compensated. This should come as no surprise considering they did the same thing to the people of Minamata, many of which never received any compensation at all.

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Shame on them, all I can say!

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I think after some reading the nuclear liability law only applies to damage at the plant and not compensation for evacuees's.

TEPCO paid more than ¥8 trillion in compensation (baishōkin) related to the Fukushima No. 1 reactor meltdowns of March 2011. About half of this money has gone to people living near the crippled reactors for “mental anguish” and the other half has gone to businesses whose livelihoods were destroyed or otherwise diminished by the disaster.

These payments were for monthly support payments.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/04/13/national/tepcos-compensation-3-11-victims-made-matters-worse-many/#.XVEdpi2B27M

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TEPCO has made "THREE PLEDGES" concerning compensation. It has promised to pay compensation to all victims

DOWN TO THE LAST ONE SWIFT AND CONSIDERATE PAYMENT RESPECT settlement proposals made by the dispute resolution center.

But TEPCO has failed to match its words with action.

Compensation to all victims!

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@zichi

owning share simply entitles you to a portion of company assets and earnings.

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@zichi

It also means you have speaking power when it comes to moving company assets. Denying a settlement is not moving company assets. The only thing the government can do is force the removal of the CEO and get one in place that will make the moves it wants made.

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So we wrecked your business, hometown, community, mental and physical health, piece of mind and life but now we will make you fight for compensation on an individual basis in the hope that you just give up and die?

Public bow for the cameras. (by the oldest guy they can find who is retiring anyway)

Eyes down, say nothing.

Government backed nuclear, so government should pay out to those living in limbo due to this disaster of mass incompetence.

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It's outrageous, but not surprising, that Tepco still hasn't paid out compensation eight years after their reactors exploded. We can expect these cases to drag on for decades as this corrupt company attempts to save as much money as possible in compensation payments.

I think every Tepco customer should be encouraged to switch to an alternative supplier.

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out-of-court compensation settlements could force those affected to resort to lengthy and costly legal actions

How can that be longer? Lenghtier than 8 years?????? Like how is that even possible?

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The eventual cost of the nuclear disaster site not including the cost of thousands of years of storage of nuclear waste will hit ¥100 trillion.

To date TEPCO have paid about ¥5-8 trillion in the monthly support payments.

All the domestic victims, those who lost their homes because of the nuclear disaster, the costs of compensations would probably be less than ¥20 trillion. There are also compensations to business.

There are some discriminations. A family who lost their home because of the earthquake and tsunami but lived outside of the nuclear evacuation area were not entitles to the monthly compensation payments or compensation for lost of their property, unless they had insurance.

A family whose home was destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami with the nuclear zone were evacuated and for 8 years received support payments. I think a large number also received some compensation payments.

Certainly, all the losses from the disasters are not equal.

In 2011, the government of the day, PM Kan and TEPCO said compensation would be paid.

The government should freeze the taxpayer money for dealing with the nuclear disaster until TEPCO whistles a different tune.

The government will pay all the monies needed and then should try to get back as much as possible from TEPCO.

Remove the TEPCO business license and selling its company to another power company leaving with just the nuclear disaster to deal with.

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My previous landlord took me to the district court to end our lease. We had to employ a lawyer to deal with it. We basically won our case and we were allowed to stay at the property for an extra three years, received a good sum of compensation. We moved at the end of last year.

The point of this comment is that we had to pay our own legal costs even though we didn't bring the court case in the first place.

A court case lasting 10 years or more could cost several million and the person does not even know if they will win the case.

Besides the money, I wrote most of the documents, typed and prepared them for the court. All took way too much time, and stress.

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The point of this comment is that we had to pay our own legal costs even though we didn't bring the court case in the first place.

Having been trough some legal battles in Japan myself, I can share some insight into this. The reason why you need to cover your own legal costs here is because there is no obligation to use a lawyer in Japan. You are free to defend yourself in a Japanese court of law, if you have the time and resources to do so.

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Having been trough some legal battles in Japan myself, I can share some insight into this. The reason why you need to cover your own legal costs here is because there is no obligation to use a lawyer in Japan. You are free to defend yourself in a Japanese court of law, if you have the time and resources to do so.

Yes but if someone, say nuclear evacuee wants to file a case, the filing could cost more than ¥100,000 depending on the levels of compensation being filed for.

We did first attend the arbitration court first, without a lawyer.

What I can state, is the judge involved in the case reacts differently when there's a lawyer than not.

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Do the hustle:

"However, don’t forget, TEPCO is now 51% owned by the federal government..."

Japan is a unitary state, not a federation. It's a common slip up, especially for Americans, Canadians, Australians. That being said, govt could threaten to sell shares.

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Its been the writing on the wall from Day 1 - TEPCO Wont pay, we're all Lemmings. and should not , nor can not Complain... since what good will that do as the Government Supports TEPCO....as it IS TEPCO....

Good Morning Brains.

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Tepco strategy is wait until all the plaintiffs are dead and then be like, "Oh? Nobody wants a payout. Okay. I was totally gunna pay. I had their money right here! Too bad!"

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Japan and it's stupid suggestion system. The body should have been the one that processes all claims and bill Tepco back with Tepco having the ability to challenge on a case by case basis. A disaster of that size and have each individual file claim with Tepco is beyond dumb.

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Before the explosions at Fukushima in 2011 -that changed in 2015.

The accident which contaminated Japan had no previous precedent and there was not an established system of liability nor set limits for compensation.

Tepco will force damaged parties into court for years-disgusting.

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We evacuated almost 8 1/2 yrs. But we received only 7yrs.!

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I suggest that those people in TEPCO responsible for the disaster can make up the losses through harvesting their own organs.....or give up all their property and start over again as a homeless person.

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