The government committee charged with drawing up compensation guidelines for Fukushima residents who were forced to live in shelters following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster has announced that it is considering changes to the way compensation payments are currently calculated.
At a meeting in Tokyo this week, sources say the committee decided that treating equally those who lived in emergency shelters for a short period of time and those who were ultimately unable to return home was "unfair."
The committee concluded that emotional damage caused by an inability to return home should be taken into consideration, TBS reported.
Sources say that some committee members offered up other potential revisions, such as the suggestion that those who were forced to live in shelters for a period of longer than five years receive extra compensation, but the session concluded before any action was taken on those ideas, TBS reported.
The committee is expected to draw up its guidelines for compensation before the end of next month.© Japan Today