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Statement by Mr. Kaieda, Minister for the Response to the Economic Impact caused by the Nuclear Accident on the Announcement of the “Second Guidelines” by the Dispute Reconciliation Committee for Nuclear Damage Compensation

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May 31, 2011

  1. The Dispute Resolution Panel to Determine Compensation for Nuclear Power Related Damage caused by the accident at Tokyo Electric Power Company’s Fukushima Dai-ichi and Dai-ni Nuclear Power Stations today released the “Second Guidelines” to clearly show the basic concept for the scope of the nuclear damage. Compensation will be given for (1) Additional matters related to the damage caused by governmental instructions for evacuation including brief visit costs and costs for going home, (2) Matters related to the damage caused by the loss of crop planting, and damage after the clearing up of shipment restrictions, and (3) Damage caused by unfounded rumors.

    Based on the Preliminary Guidelines announced on April 28 and the Second Guidelines established today, I strongly expect that those facing severe situations can be properly compensated as quickly as possible. I will request Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) to take appropriate measures.

  2. For the residents in the affected zones who have been forced to evacuate following instructions to do so from the government, TEPCO commenced payment of “provisional compensation” from the end of April so as to supply immediate support without delay considering the severe living environment faced by such people. I understand that payments were substantially completed in May for the people of about 50,000 households who evacuated in accordance with the governmental instructions.

  3. In addition, for those engaged in agriculture, forestry and fishery forced to refrain from shipping or who are otherwise facing severe conditions, TEPCO has consulted with related trade associations so as to realize early payment of compensation in accordance with the Preliminary Guidelines announced on April 28, and I understand that such payments actually started today. I expect that the provisional compensation payments will be accelerated.

  4. Further,  those concerned have been discussing the way to make smooth provisional compensation payments to small and medium enterprises  from the middle of May at consultation meetings held by associations of small and medium enterprises and TEPCO. Today, TEPCO announced a specific framework of provisional payment including the scope of claimant’s coverage and method of payment. I expect that the compensation will be quickly offered from now on.

  5. The government expects that these measures will help relieve sufferers and affected entrepreneurs without delay.

  6. Provisional payment by TEPCO and other appropriate compensation payments should never be delayed due to financing problems. We aim at promptly submitting, to the Diet, the bills required for the framework of the governmental support which was decided at the related ministerial meeting. At the same time, the government will make utmost efforts to have the sufferers receive quick and appropriate compensation.

  7. Link

    Provisional Compensation Payment for Small and Medium Enterprises affected by the Nuclear Power Accident (PDF:43KB)PDF File (May 31)
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