Nov 12, 2013

Little hope of evacuee homecoming

There is still little prospect that nuclear refugees will be able to return to their homes near the Fukushima No. 1 power plant, the government said in a new report. The report, submitted to the Diet on Tuesday, notes that the reclassification of evacuation ...

Nov 8, 2013

Agency gives ¥7.6 billion for housing

The Reconstruction Agency said Friday it will grant Fukushima Prefecture and two municipalities ¥7.63 billion in housing subsidies for people forced out of their homes by the March 2011 nuclear catastrophe. In the second allocation of such subsidies, the prefecture as well as the ...

Plan to get all evacuees back home is stalling

Nov 6, 2013

Plan to get all evacuees back home is stalling

People forced to flee the radiation in Fukushima Prefecture who probably never will be able to return home may get relocation support, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry To­shi­mi­tsu Mo­te­gi suggets.

More Japanese nuclear refugees sue Tepco, government

Sep 17, 2013

More Japanese nuclear refugees sue Tepco, government

A total of 171 people from Fukushima Prefecture who had to flee their homes because of the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant sued Tokyo Electric Power Co. and the central government Tuesday for ¥1.62 billion in damages. The plaintiffs, from 60 ...

Sep 13, 2013

Housing help for evacuees

The central and local governments must be ready to help both evacuees who want to return home and those who want to settle in new places.

Tohoku still in dire need of medical support

Sep 11, 2013

Tohoku still in dire need of medical support

Thirty months after tsunami devastated the Tohoku coast, residents are still facing a lack of medical services because of delays in restarting damaged hospitals and clinics and the closures of others. To overcome the shortage of medical staff in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, ...

Aug 25, 2013

Hot-zone subsidies for retailers in works

The industry ministry will launch a subsidy program in fiscal 2014 to attract retailers to evacuation zones around the radioactive Fukushima No. 1 power plant, sources said. The program is aimed at paving the way for nuclear evacuees to return if and when nuclear ...

Aug 20, 2013

Evacuees, residents to sue for ¥1 in neglected aid

Fukushima residents and evacuees plan to sue the government for ¥1 each over its failure to enforce a law to support those affected by the nuclear crisis sparked by the March 2011 natural disasters, their lawyer said Tuesday. Twelve evacuees who voluntarily left the ...

Communities grapple with breakups

Mar 15, 2013

Communities grapple with breakups

It is often said that natural disasters destroy communities three times — once by evacuation, twice by moving residents into temporary housing and a third time by issuing public housing by lottery.