Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Tuesday it will pay up to ¥300,000 each in additional provisional compensation to anyyone who was forced to evacuate or was otherwise adversely affected by the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.
The payment follows the first provisional compensation payment, in which Tepco gave up to ¥1 million to each household within 30 km of the radiation-leaking plant.
Industry minister Banri Kaieda told a news conference the additional payment is intended to compensate for “mental suffering.”
According to Tepco’s announcement, each person will basically be provided with ¥100,000 for a one-month period of evacuation. For example, a person who was still an evacuee as of June 10 will be paid ¥300,000, and an evacuee who returned home between April 11 and May 10 will be paid ¥200,000.
People who did not evacuate but were in areas where residents were asked to stay indoors will be paid ¥100,000 each.
Tepco will start paying the additional compensation later in the month at the earliest, and the total amount of such payments will reach up to ¥48 billion.
EU Shizuoka checks
Amid the radiation leaks from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, the European Union will require food and farm items produced in Shizuoka Prefecture be inspected for radioactive contamination before being imported, the European Council, the bloc’s executive body, said Monday.
The decision came after the recent discovery in the prefecture of radioactive substances above the legal limit in tea leaves and in France of radioactive cesium at more than double the EU limit in Shizuoka-produced green tea leaves.
The council also said the EU has lifted such requirements for food products from Niigata and Yamagata prefectures as the safety of items produced in those areas is no longer of concern.
Malaysia eases ban
Malaysia eased last Friday restrictions on food imported from Japan and no longer requires food produced in areas surrounding the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant be tested for radioactivity, the agriculture ministry said.
The Malaysian government now requires Japanese exporters to submit only proof of origin, and will itself inspect all imported food harvested or processed in Miyagi, Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa prefectures.
Until June 30, businesses exporting food to Malaysia from those eight prefectures — plus Yamagata and Niigata prefectures and Tokyo — needed to submit not just proof of origin but also certification that any radioactive contamination of the food was below Malaysia’s safety levels.
Malaysia decided on the change because food exported from Yamagata, Tokyo and Niigata had not exceeded the country’s threshold limits for three months, according to the agriculture ministry.
About 40 economies around the world have import restrictions in place on food exported from areas around the Fukushima power plant. Many, however, are gradually easing their restrictions, with Canada, the United States and Russia having already lifted or softened regulations, the ministry said.
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