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A tourism body in Ibaraki Prefecture is seeking about ¥1.8 billion in compensation from Tokyo Electric Power Co. for losses stemming from people’s fears of radiation, even though such damages are not covered in a government redress guideline.

The compensation, demanded in a letter filed with the utility’s local branch Monday, is based on estimated damage to tourism up to the end of May. The body comprising nine organizations plans to lodge claims for losses from June as well.

The group said the number of tourists and related income decreased due to what it said were groundless rumors amid the nuclear crisis.

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