Tokyo Electric Power Co. decided to increase compensation payments to children and pregnant women who voluntarily evacuated from 23 municipalities in Fukushima Prefecture due to the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant from 400,000 yen to 600,000 yen, the utility announced Tuesday.
In December, the government’s Dispute Reconciliation Committee for Nuclear Damage Compensation set the amount at 400,000 yen for children and pregnant woman in the municipalities–including the cities of Fukushima and Koriyama–where the government did not issue evacuation instructions out of the 59 municipalities in the prefecture. TEPCO decided to increase the compensation by 200,000 yen.
TEPCO defines children as those who were 18 years old or younger on March 11, 2011. Women who were pregnant between March 11 and Dec. 31, 2011, are eligible for the payments. The company made the decision as it has determined voluntary evacuation costs would top 400,000 yen, TEPCO officials said.
The utility will start sending documents to about 1.5 million residents in the 23 cities, towns and villages on Monday. TEPCO plans to transfer the money to applicants’ bank accounts starting in late March with the total expected to top 200 billion yen.
The panel asked TEPCO to make the payments regardless of whether or not evacuations actually took place.
TEPCO plans to pay 400,000 yen for children and pregnant women who did not evacuate from the municipalities.
It will pay 80,000 yen to other adults according to the guidelines set by the panel.
A couple with one child–and the mother not pregnant–will be eligible to receive 760,000 yen in compensation if they evacuated voluntarily. If they did not evacuate, they will be eligible for 560,000 yen. Couples who were not expecting will be eligible for 160,000 yen.
(Mar. 1, 2012)