Tokyo, Feb. 24 (Jiji Press)–A Japanese government panel plans to have Tokyo Electric Power Co. make lump compensation payments to residents of areas to be designated off-limits for at least five years due to the nuclear crisis in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan.
The measure is designed to smooth the way for such residents to rebuild their lives elsewhere. It was agreed on Thursday at a meeting of the panel tasked with deciding on the scope of damages TEPCO must cover in relation to the nuclear accident at the utility’s Fukushima No. 1 power station, which was battered by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami last year.
The lump payment plan will be included in new compensation guidelines that the panel will compile next month when the government plans to regroup evacuation zones around the plant.
The amount of lump payments remains to be fixed. Some panel members told Thursday’s meeting that the payments should cover damages for at least five years of mental suffering.
Some panel members proposed that lump payments cover dwellers of areas that will be designated as zones where the government aims to bring residents back within five years.