Tepco to compensate nuclear evacuees for mental distress via The Japan Times

A government panel is requiring Tokyo Electric Power Co. to compensate people for mental distriss after they were forced to evacuate due to the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, according to a guideline adopted Tuesday.

The 10-member panel under the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology also agreed that the utility will extend coverage of its provisional payments to include some 7,000 small and midsize companies in the no-go zone around the plant.

The panel issued its second guideline on compensation for the crisis on the same day Tepco began making provisional payments to farmers and fishermen suffering from shipment restrictions. Those payments are being made under the government’s first guideline released about a month ago.


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