Japanese government’s snafu may make nuclear disaster compensation deals much more costly

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The Japanese government has come under harsh scrutiny of their handling of the nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi.  The central government has twice been exposed in the main stream media as having purposefully ignoring or withholding important radiological information from the public.

The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency conceded that as a direct result of their actions (or inaction), evacuees fleeing the nuclear disaster found themselves in the path of the radiation spewing from Fukushima, rather than far removed from it.

Industry Minister Yukio Edano apologized at a news conference in Tokyo saying, “It is extremely regrettable that this information was not shared or utilized properly within the government and I have no words to apologize, especially to the disaster victims.”

Around the same time, Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO)’s in-house investigation of the Fukushima disaster also admitted that its managers were “too optimistic.”

In order to restore the upper hand at the negotiation table, the Japanese government will send official delegates from the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency to justify the actions, and offer an apology.

Namie and Iitate municipalities will be waiting, residents are still furious that they were not fully evacuated until months after the disaster, and also angered at the governments numerous subsequent evacuations which residents were forced to endure in the last year.

A government survey found that 32 percent of residents in the town of Namie had to evacuate six times or more during the year following the nuclear disaster. Around 29 percent in Futaba and 20 percent of residents in nearby Okuma, Naraha, Tomioka and Hirono fared likewise.

The timing of these revelations, are putting the central government and TEPCO in a difficult position as they negotiate the final stages of compensation agreements with local municipalities.  The continuous stream of apologies suggests to critics that they are only coming clean because it would cost more in the long run to keep the secret, and it is more profitable now to relinquish their standpoint, for a short time at least.

Source: NHK

Source: LA Times

Source: The Epoch Times

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