Japan n-plant operator told to compensate residents

April 15th, 2011 - 9:51 pm ICT by IANS  

Tokyo, April 15 (IANS) The operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant must pay one million yen ($12,000) to each household displaced or forced indoors by the nuclear accident there, the government said Friday.

The Tokyo Electric Power Company will start handing out the compensation hopefully by April 28, company president Masataku Shimizu was quoted as saying by CNN.

Individual residents will receive 750,000 yen and households will get one million, Shimizu said.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said Friday the government hopes to have payments in residents’ hands by Japan’s “Golden Week” national holidays that begin April 29.

About 78,000 people living within 20 km of the plant were ordered out of their homes after the March 11 accident. Those living another 10 km out were told to remain indoors as the plant released radioactive particles into the environment from three damaged reactors.

The total number of people directly affected so far comes to about 146,000, according to government estimates.

Edano said officials were working on a framework to compensate farmers, fishermen and other business owners who have been affected by the disaster.

Workers at the nuclear plant have been battling to cool the overheated cores of the reactors 1,2 and 3. The plant was badly hit by the tsunami that knocked out the normal coolant systems.

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