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Noda to Drop Free Medical Fee Plan for Fukushima Children, jiji, 1/23/12

Tokyo, Jan. 23 (Jiji Press)–Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is likely to give up a plan to offer children in Fukushima Prefecture free medical services amid the nuclear crisis, it was learned Monday.
The prime minster was eager to realize free medical services for those who are 18 years old or younger in the northeastern prefecture, which hosts Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s crippled nuclear plant, as requested by Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato.
After holding talks with Sato on Jan. 8, Noda told reporters that the government will faithfully consider the “very important” request.
But Noda apparently has judged it would be unfair to people of other regions if the services were provided only for Fukushima children in cases that had no connection to the nuclear accident at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant, sources close the prime minister said.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura told a news conference on Monday that “there are various opinions within the government.”

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from the u.s., recently moved from kobe to sendai, japan, researching community-based housing recovery after disaster.

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