Tokyo, Feb. 10 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s cabinet ministers endorsed on Friday draft legislation calling for measures to help victims of the nuclear crisis in Fukushima Prefecture, including special permission for evacuees to move in public housing.
The envisaged special law stipulates that the central government is responsible for deciding a basic policy and implementing comprehensive measures to rebuild the northeastern prefecture, which hosts the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant of Tokyo Electric Power Co. <9501>.
Specifically, the government will ease relevant regulations to allow people having homes in evacuation zones to live in public housing supplied primarily for victims of natural disasters until evacuation orders and advisories are lifted.
To get those zones ready for the return of residents, the government will be able to rebuild the social infrastructure, such as water, sewage and electricity systems, on behalf of municipalities involved.
Also according to the draft legislation, legal grounds will be attached to health checkups on Fukushima residents, in a move to mitigate their concerns over radiation doses.