Tokyo Electric Power Co. will pay ¥600,000 each to pregnant women and children aged 18 or under who have voluntarily evacuated their homes because of the triple-meltdown crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant, sources said Tuesday.
The sum will be paid, starting next month, as compensation money through last December for residents of 23 municipalities in Fukushima Prefecture located outside the government-designated evacuation zones around the plant.
Many people who have voluntarily evacuated had been hoping Tepco would pay the actual costs incurred, but the utility has said that would entail a laborious application process and delay payments, the sources said.
As a result, Tepco will add ¥200,000 to a sum presented in a compensation guideline compiled by a government panel for pregnant women and children who are likely to have seen a large increase in their living expenses as a result of evacuation, they said.
Pregnant women and kids who have remained in the 23 municipalities will each receive ¥400,000 from Tepco in line with the guideline worked out in December, the sources said. Other residents will be paid ¥80,000 each, regardless of whether they evacuated, also in line with the guideline, due to their radiation fears.