Tokyo, Jan. 26 (Jiji Press)–The Japanese government and Fukushima Prefecture on Thursday unveiled their plans to ask 23 municipalities in the northeastern prefecture to supply Tokyo Electric Power Co. with necessary resident data from their resident registries to facilitate TEPCO’s compensation over the nation’s worst nuclear accident.
The request will be made by the end of this month. The central and prefectural governments made the decision at a meeting of a panel for speeding up TEPCO’s compensation to those affected by the accident at its Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, which was heavily damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami last year.
If the 23 cities, towns and villages accept the request, it would mark a major step toward the start of the compensation payments to some 1.5 million residents, including those who have voluntarily evacuated, within March as envisioned by parties concerned.
Under the guidelines set by a central government task force, 80,000 yen worth of compensation will be paid per person. The per-capita amount will be 400,000 yen for children aged up to 18 and pregnant women.
If the actual amount of damage from the nuclear crisis exceeds the levels, TEPCO will pay extra compensation by creating separate guidelines.