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Arbitration on compensation

October 22, 2014

Evacuees call on TEPCO to accept settlement plans


Oct. 22, 2014 - Updated 10:57 UTC+2

Evacuees from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident have urged the operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi plant to swiftly accept a state arbitration body's compensation proposals.

About 50 people, including evacuees who have filed for arbitration, gathered at a Diet building in Tokyo on Wednesday to press their requests.

The Center for Settlement of Fukushima Nuclear Damage Claims made proposals this year to settle claims filed by groups of residents of Namie Town and Iitate Village, both in Fukushima Prefecture.

But Tokyo Electric Power Company has rejected the proposals, saying blanket compensation without consideration for individual circumstances would not ensure equality.

Participants said they want a quick settlement as they have been forced to live away from their communities or family members for more than 3 years in the wake of the disaster.

A 67-year-old resident from Namie said evacuees suffered a variety of losses. He said compensation for their mental damage is far from sufficient and that the firm should honor the evacuees' claims.

Their lawyers said they will ask the government for a legal revision to oblige the utility to accept the arbitration center's proposals.

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