Japan to stop utilities from marking payments to local authorities as utility fees

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NHK obtained newly disclosed documents show that nuclear power plant operators from 44 prefectures and municipalities in Japan have paid more than 2 billion dollars to local authorities hosting their facilities over the past 4 decades.

The utilities view the payments as part of the cost of generating power and pass the expense on in utility fees, but an economy ministry panel said last week that the payments should not be counted as a cost.

Of the amount, Tokyo Electric Power Company which operates the disabled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant paid nearly 460 million dollars. Other utilities have continued making payments ever since the accident at the plant.

Source: NHK

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