Tokyo, Oct. 20 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s labor ministry will start helping in fiscal 2013 nuclear disaster evacuees find jobs in their hometowns from which they have been displaced, according to officials.
The ministry will provide job search support subsidies to eight municipalities near the Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 power plant, the site of Japan’s worst nuclear accident, in Fukushima Prefecture.
The eight municipalities in the northeastern Japan prefecture are the cities of Minamisoma and Tamura, the towns of Naraha, Hirono, Kawamata and Namie, and the villages of Kawauchi and Katsurao.
Ministry officials said the subsidies will help cover the costs of job seminars, workplace training, and many other programs, such as orientation for farmers now trying to start anew as corporate employees.
To help increase jobs in the eight municipalities, the ministry will also support local companies that are looking for job applicants, the officials added.