The government’s Committee for Dispute Resolution for Compensating Damages from the Nuclear Power Plant Incident, chaired by Gakushuin Prof. Yoshihisa Nomi, held a meeting Friday and reached a broad agreement on the basic points regarding the termination.
TEPCO has been paying ¥100,000 per month per person for causing psychological damage to the residents of evacuation zones since the nuclear disaster occurred at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant following the Great East Japan Earthquake.
The panel plans to incorporate the new rules regarding compensation in a set of interim guidelines to be revised by the end of this year.
The guidelines, however, will likely include a provision along the lines of, “[Termination of the compensation] will be subject to change based on circumstances at the time,” because one committee member opposes the plan on the grounds that one year is too short.
The panel will likely set the minimum level of compensation for houses at 60 percent to 80 percent of their value when they were constructed.
Regarding land, the committee indicated a plan to make additional compensation possible in consideration of land prices.
The current standard uses the value of vacated land based on its last property tax assessment before the March 11 disaster. However, the committee plans to set a new rule in the guidelines for such factors as evacuees who bought high-priced land in urban areas.
Under the new guidelines, the evacuees are likely to receive up to 50 percent to 75 percent of the difference between the land values of their residence before the crisis and those in, and around, the area they moved to within the prefecture.
At the meeting on Friday, the committee stated that TEPCO has paid ¥90 million in compensation, on average, for a four-person household who lived in a zone where residency is prohibited for an extended period.
It was the first time the actual amount of compensation by TEPCO was officially released.
The figure is an average of the compensation that was paid in the period from when the disaster occurred until Sept. 20, based on measures for comprehensive payment of claims for compensation in which evacuees can receive compensation for up to a five-year period.
The ¥90 million compensation includes money for land and a house at ¥41.7 million; household goods at ¥7.4 million; damage for losing jobs at ¥10.9 million; and psychological damage.