¥6 million in redress for nuclear evacuees

Kyodo

A government panel setting guidelines for compensation to be paid to victims of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant disaster said Friday that about ¥6 million should be given to every individual unable to return home for five years because of radiation contamination.

The sum is to compensate for the mental suffering of evacuees whose homes “are in a zone where it is difficult to return for a long time,” one of the new categories soon to be created by the government in reclassifying the no-go areas around the plant.

The people from the so-called difficult-to-return areas, meaning places uninhabitable within the next five years, should also be paid the full value of their real estate, as calculated just before the megaquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, triggered the triple-meltdown crisis, according to the guidelines.

Because the power plant was declared in a stable cold-shutdown state in December, the government is preparing to reclassify the existing no-entry zone within the 20-km radius of the complex, as well as areas outside the no-go zone where annual radiation exposure would amount to 20 millisieverts.

The new classification will deem as difficult-to-return areas with more than 50 millisieverts a year, while areas exposed to between 20 to 50 millisieverts will be categorized as a “habitation-restricted” zones where residents will be asked to stay away until the radiation is reduced through decontamination efforts.

Residents will be allowed to return as soon as possible to areas with 20 millisieverts or less.

The compensation panel under the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology said a ¥2.4 million lump-sum should be paid to every resident of a habitation-restricted zone for a two-year period, while ¥100,000 should be paid every month to each person from areas with 20 millisieverts or less.

Based on the guidelines, Tokyo Electric Power Co. will craft detailed compensation criteria in April and calculate the amount of redress that would increase under the criteria.