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Strongest Ever Japan Earthquake
and Tsunami
News updates for April 16-22, 2011

This page is a continuation of my main Strongest Ever Japan Earthquake and Tsunami page, reflecting April 16-22, 2011 news updates for the 6th week after the initial quake. Thanks so much for your concern, and please remember in your thoughts and prayers those thousands of people who are suffering right now and haven't heard from their missing family members.

News Updates for 6th Week after Japan Earthquake and Tsunami -- April 16-22, 2011 (JST=UT+9 hrs., or CDT+14 hrs., e.g. 8 am in Houston = 10 pm in Tokyo):

April 22, 2011 21:05 (JST):  Japan protests Snow White cartoon about nuclear crisis - Japan's Consulate General in New York lodged a protest with New York Times Co on Thursday for publishing a cartoon in which Snow White, carrying a newspaper with the headline "Japan nuclear radiation," asks an old woman offering an apple if she comes from Japan. The consulate said that since the cartoon refers to a story in Grimm's Fairy Tales in which Snow White falls into a stupor after biting a poisoned apple, it may stir up what the consulate called unfounded anxieties over the safety of foods from Japan. The cartoon was carried on the editorial page of the International Herald Tribune (IHT), which is owned by the New York Times, in its Thursday edition. (Source: Japan Today)

Japan protests over IHT Snow White cartoon about nuclear crisis
Snow White says, "Wait a minute! Do you come from Japan?"

April 22, 2011 15:06 (JST):  Evacuation zone widened beyond 20 kms from nuclear plant
- The government on Friday added some towns outside a 20-kilometer radius of the crisis-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to the list of areas covered by its evacuation directive due to concerns over high cumulative levels of radiation exposure. All residents in Iitate, Katsurao, Namie and some in Kawamata and Minamisoma in Fukushima Prefecture must leave by around late May. These residents total about 10,500, according to the government. The announcement came a day after the government declared the 20-km zone around the tsunami-stricken plant a no-go area. (Source: Japan Today)

April 22, 2011 9:50 (JST):  US ambassador helps promote Fukushima products
- The US Ambassador to Japan has bought a bottle of sake made in Fukushima Prefecture in a show of support for people suffering from the nuclear accident. Ambassador John Roos shopped at a Fukushima product promotion center in Tokyo on Thursday. The visit, which was his idea, is aimed at helping farmers suffering from falls in sales due to shipping restrictions and a general fear of radiation. A prefectural official showed him several goods such as a tofu product, and a brand of sake which won a top prize in a national competition last year. (Source:

US ambassador helps promote Fukushima products

April 22, 2011 8:36 (JST):  More than 17,000 apply for unemployment benefits in Miyagi - Job-placement offices in Miyagi Prefecture received more than 17,000 applications for unemployment benefits in the month following the March 11 strongest ever Japan earthquake and tsunami, marking a roughly threefold increase from the same period last year. While the government has created around 20,000 jobs under its emergency measures for the disaster, the number of applicants will reach several tens of thousands when combined with those in Iwate and Fukushima prefectures, which were also severely damaged by the disasters. Applications from 17,643 people were accepted between March 16 and April 20, of whom around 14,400, or 80%, were from the tsunami-hit coastal cities, such as Ishinomaki and Kesennuma. (Source: Japan Today)

April 22, 2011 0:50 (JST):  Gov't to restrict growing of rice near crippled nuclear plant
- The government will restrict farmers in areas near a crippled nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture from growing rice amid radiation fears, farm minister Michihiko Kano said Thursday. The Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry is also considering tests on all farm animals within a planned evacuation zone for radioactive substances, and allowing those to be confirmed safe to be moved outside of the area. The number of municipalities affected by the rice cropping restriction plan, to be announced Friday, is expected to reach 12, including those within the 20-kilometer radius of the crippled nuclear power plant, or an off-limits area. (Source: Japan Today)

April 21, 2011 22:37 (JST):  Magnitude 6.0, Intensity 5- quake hits off coast of Boso Peninsula in Chiba
- Wow, that one was BIG and it was CLOSE!! As you can see, it was felt throughout the Tokyo metropolitan area and cut a wide swath on Japan's main Honshu island. My building shook for ONE whole minute. Scary stuff...

Magnitude 6.0, Intensity 5- quake hits off coast of Boso Peninsula in Chiba

April 21, 2011 22:10 (JST):  Kan pledges state compensation for Fukushima
- Prime Minister Naoto Kan says his government will take responsibility in compensating residents affected by the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Kan made the remark in his talks with Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato during a visit to the prefecture on Thursday. Governor Sato asked the prime minister and the Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, to bring the situation under control quickly so that the local residents who have been forced to evacuate can return home. (Source:

Kan pledges state compensation for Fukushima

April 21, 2011 17:25 (JST):  Seattle showers Japan orphanages with 100 tons of aid
- When last month's earthquake cut off supply lines to northeastern Japan, a local orphanage realized it would only be able to feed its 65 children for four days before supplies ran out. Tatsuya Goto, director of the Bikou-en Children's Care House, sent out a call for help to folks who have volunteered at his organization for more than 20 years: the U.S. Navy at Misawa. That call would trigger a series of fortunate events -- spreading from a small group of volunteers in Misawa to a popular call-in radio show in Seattle -- culminating in the collection of more than 200,000 pounds of food and supplies that soon will be heading to Japan. More...

April 21, 2011 13:00 (JST):  Miyagi Prefecture fishing industry devastated by tsunami
- The massive hulks of beached fishing vessels that dot the landscape of tsunami-ravaged northern Japan are too heavy even for the U.S. military to move back to the sea. In Miyagi Prefecture, where U.S. forces have concentrated their efforts, officials estimate 12,000 out of 13,000 registered fishing vessels, all of the region's fish farms and its 142 ports were destroyed or damaged by the March 11 tsunami. At least 440 fishermen are listed as dead or missing, a figure that officials expect to rise. More...

April 21, 2011 8:50 (JST):  Gov't to set up no-entry zone near Fukushima plant
- Govt to set up no-entry zone near Fukushima plant The government is to ban local residents from entering within 20-kilometers of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant from midnight Thursday. Prime Minister Naoto Kan is to inform the governor of Fukushima Prefecture of the new no-entry policy when he visits the prefecture on Thursday. The government asked residents within 20 kilometers of the plant to evacuate after the March 11th earthquake. But some have been returning home to recover belongings. (Source:

Gov't to set up no-entry zone near Fukushima plant

April 21, 2011 6:05 (JST): Looking for Signs of Hope in Japan
- (Commentary by Alyce Wilson): Like millions of others, I have been following the aftermath of Japan's earthquake and tsunami with a mix of hope and dread. As warnings increase about the severity of the nuclear crisis at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi power plant, I can't help wondering how it might impact my friends and colleagues living, working, and/or closely associated with Japan. Since 2001, I have volunteered as a staff member for Otakon, one of the largest conventions in North America celebrating Japanese and East Asian popular culture. Through my experiences, especially several years in Press Relations, I have worked with and befriended numerous people with strong ties to Japan. Every time I hear, for example, that Japanese officials are calling for stricter enforcement of the evacuation zone around the power plant, I wonder how it might impact those I know. (Source: Yahoo News)

April 21, 2011 1:25 (JST):  TEPCO aiming to avoid power shortage in summer
- Tokyo Electric Power Co may be able to avoid an anticipated shortage of electricity this summer as it will aim to increase its maximum power supply capacity to around 55 million kilowatts from the previously planned 52 million kilowatts. In addition to restored capacity at some thermal power plants damaged by the March 11 earthquake, the utility plans to make up for part of the capacity lost at the crisis-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant by making greater use of pump-storage hydroelectric plants, buying power from other companies and restarting idled facilities. (Source: Japan Today)

April 20, 2011 22:15 (JST):  French company Areva to decontaminate Daiichi water - French nuclear reactor maker Areva says it has agreed with TEPCO to build a facility to decontaminate radioactive water at the compound of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. CEO Anne Lauvergeon told reporters in Tokyo on Tuesday that Areva -- one of the world's largest nuclear energy firms -- will build the facility to remove radioactive substances from the contaminated water. The facility is to use chemical agents to remove radioactive iodine and cesium from contaminated water. (Source:

French company Areva to decontaminate Daiichi water

April 20, 2011 19:20 (JST):  Japanese exports fall 2.2% in March due to tsunami
- Japanese exports fell more than expected in March, as damage from last month's strongest ever earthquake and tsunami affected shipments. According to the finance ministry exports declined 2.2% from a year earlier, the first drop in 16 months. Shipments of cars tumbled 28% as the sector continued to be hit by shortfall of parts and slowdown in production. More...

April 20, 2011 17:10 (JST):  Nuclear plant workers at risk of depression, death from overwork: doctor - TEPCO workers engaged in efforts to stabilize the crisis-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant are at risk of depression or death from overwork, a doctor who recently saw them said Wednesday. The workers are not only undertaking dangerous work in severe conditions, but also feel a sense of moral responsibility as employees of the firm to blame for the nuclear disaster. Some of them were also victims themselves of the March 11 quake and tsunami that triggered the nuclear crisis, and faced with the deaths of relatives or friends, the workers are exposed to multiple stresses. (Source: Japan Today)

April 20, 2011 15:55 (JST):  Moment of Silence: A look back on the last month
- At sea and ashore, the men and women of the U.S. 7th Fleet observed a moment of silence at 2:46 p.m. Japan Standard Time on April 11, marking one month since the devastating strongest ever earthquake and tsunami that struck northern Japan. The U.S. 7th Fleet flew over 160 search and relief sorties, flew 1,100 flight hours, delivered over 260 tons of Humanitarian Assistance Disaster Relief (HADR) supplies, and helped in the clearance of three ports at Hachinohe, Miyako and Oshima/Kesennuma. Read the entire, remarkable 1-month report here.

U.S. 7th Fleet moment of silence
Photo courtesy of U.S. 7th Fleet

April 20, 2011 9:15 (JST):  Wrecked cars removed from Sendai residential area - The northeastern Japanese city of Sendai has started removing wrecked vehicles from tsunami-hit residential areas. Workers using a crane on Tuesday collected vehicles that were swept by the tsunami to residential areas. The city is to launch a full-fledged operation to remove debris from the areas on Friday. The city had put notices on the vehicles so that owners who did not want their cars removed could let authorities know. (Source:

Wrecked cars removed from Sendai residential area

April 20, 2011 5:40 (JST):  Beer fundraiser offers disaster-hit kids a hand in education needs
- About a month since the Mar. 11 quake/tsunami, children remain in dire need, and that has spurred Gary Bremermann to round up his friends and other networks to organize a fundraiser where 100 yen from every bottle of beer sold benefits disaster relief operations catering to the educational needs of affected children in northeast Japan. A party was held on April 10 marking the anniversary of the Beers for Books initiative he began two years ago in Japan to help finance Room to Read, which supports child literacy in developing countries, but the twin disasters turned the Sunday affair into a charity event specifically for the quake and tsunami victims. (Source: Japan Today) 

April 20, 2011 2:15 (JST):  Gov't may hike consumption tax to 8% for reconstruction
- The government is considering raising the current 5% consumption tax to 8% for about three years to raise money for reconstruction of the country's northeastern region devastated by the March 11 earthquake and ensuing tsunami. If realized, tax revenues will increase about 22.5 trillion yen and the amount will cover much of the extra expenditures for reconstruction expected in the current fiscal year. The government has estimated that the damage from the natural calamities that left around 28,000 people dead or missing could amount to 25 trillion yen. (Source: Japan Today)

April 19, 2011 21:10 (JST):  Filipino, Indonesian nurses cancel Japan visits
- Nearly one-sixth of the Filipino and Indonesian nurse and caregiver candidates scheduled to come to Japan have canceled their visits due to concerns about the hazardous effects of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. A total of 293 nurses and caregivers from the Philippines and Indonesia were scheduled to come to Japan this fiscal year to apply for a licensing program to work in Japan. (Source:

Filipino, Indonesian nurses cancel Japan visits

April 19, 2011 18:20 (JST):  USS George Washington to return to Yokosuka on Wednesday
- The USS George Washington is expected to return to its home port Wednesday, one month after the ship left Yokosuka amid radiation concerns stemming from the damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant. The crew will arrive at a much quieter place than they left, as the roughly 4,500 family members and others who left the base in the aftermath of the March 11 strongest ever Japan earthquake and tsunami are just starting to make their way back. The ship left March 21 despite having all of its major systems in a state of disassembly when the initial earthquake struck. More...

April 19, 2011 12:54 (JST):  Russia lifts advisory against travel to Japan
- Russia has lifted its advisory against travel to Japan. Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Monday the advisory has been lifted as studies conducted by Russian experts show no abnormal radiation levels in Tokyo. It also cited the announced schedule by Tokyo Electric Power Company for bringing the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant under control. (Source:

April 19, 2011 9:55 (JST):  U.K. robots venture inside Fukushima
- UK defense technology firm QinetiQ has supplied a range of remote controlled machines that will enable engineers to look around inside the Fukushima nuclear plant. (8-image BBC slideshow)

U.K. robots venture inside Fukushima

April 19, 2011 7:10 (JST):  Amid losses, Japan determined to reopen schools - The tsunami killed 74 of the 108 students at Okawa Elementary School and all but one of the dozen teachers. The main building is ripped open, with trees jammed into second-floor classrooms, and the gym and playground have been reduced to muddied concrete foundations. All along Japan's battered northeastern coast, schools have been heavily damaged or converted to shelters, and families are without jobs, permanent homes or cars. But the country is determined to move ahead with one of its rites of spring: the start of the school year in April, even as some parents and children grieve. (Source: Japan Today)

April 19, 2011 0:55 (JST):  Kuwait to donate 5 mil barrels of oil, oil products to Japan
- The Kuwaiti government has decided to donate 5 million barrels of crude oil and oil products to Japan, as part of efforts to help the country recover from the catastrophic March 11 earthquake and ensuing tsunami. Sheikh Ahmed Abdullah al-Ahmed al-Sabah, Kuwait's oil minister, unveiled the decision at a meeting of Asian oil producers and consumers held in Kuwait City earlier in the day. The donation, equivalent to around $550 million, or some 45 billion yen, surpasses Japan's daily crude oil imports of 4 million barrels. (Source: Japan Today)

April 18, 2011 21:05 (JST):  Japanese dancers in NY give charity performance - A group of Japanese dancers has given a charity performance in New York to raise money for the reconstruction of northeastern Japan areas hit by the March 11th quake and tsunami. The performance was held at a theater in the city's Brooklyn district on Saturday night. More than 20 professional dancers from classical ballet to modern dance took part. They included American Ballet Theatre soloist Yuriko Kajiya, who gave a duo performance with her partner. (Source:

Japanese dancers in NY give charity performance

April 18, 2011 19:27 (JST):  Golden Week holiday travelers to fall 27% due to quake
- The number of travelers during Japan's Golden Week holidays is expected to fall 27.6 percent from a year earlier, the biggest year-on-year decline since 1990 when comparable data became available, in the wake of the devastating March 11 earthquake, JTB Corp. said Monday. The major travel agency said 16.09 million people are expected to set out on overnight or longer trips between April 24 and May 4 -- 15.66 million domestic travelers, down 27.8 percent, and 431,000 overseas travelers, down 16.6 percent -- marking the first year-on-year decline in three years. (Source: Kyodo News)

April 18, 2011 14:03 (JST):  Fukushima school relocation - School children from an evacuation zone around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have begun a new term at a school outside the zone. The people of the Yamakiya district of Kawamata Town in Fukushima Prefecture have been advised to evacuate within a month because their annual radioactive exposure is expected to top the safety limit of 20 millisieverts. The district's public school has been temporarily closed, and all of its students and teachers have been moved to a school 8 kilometers away. (Source:

Fukushima school relocation

April 18, 2011 11:37 (JST):  Toyota resumes production at all domestic plants
- Toyota Motor has resumed production at all its assembly plants in Japan. Production resumed on Monday at 11 Toyota plants, including 2 affiliated companies in Miyagi and Iwate Prefectures. Those are 2 of the 3 prefectures in eastern Japan that were hardest-hit by the March 11th strongest ever Japan earthquake and tsunami. The disaster damaged the factories of auto parts makers in the region, and caused the suspension of production at almost all of Toyota's domestic assembly plants. (Source:

April 18, 2011 9:40 (JST):  31% walked home from central Tokyo after quake
- A survey has found that 30 percent of people living in Tokyo and 3 neighboring prefectures had to walk home after the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11. Nippon Research Center surveyed 1,000 people aged 15 or above living in Tokyo and neighboring Kanagawa, Chiba, and Saitama prefectures. They examined how people responded to the emergency. The survey found that 60.5 percent of people were at work or school when the earthquake struck. With many railway lines in the Tokyo metropolitan area not running in the hours after the quake, 31.4 percent of people say they had to walk home. (Source:

April 18, 2011 7:15 (JST):  Robot used to investigate reactor buildings
- Tokyo Electric Power Company has started using a remote-controlled robot to investigate the reactor buildings at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. High levels of radiation have kept workers from approaching the buildings of the first 3 reactors, which lost their cooling functions in the March 11th strongest ever Japan earthquake and tsunami. The utility started investigating the buildings using a US-made remote-controlled robot on Sunday, starting with the No. 3 reactor building. (Source:

Robot used to investigate reactor buildings

April 18, 2011 1:05 (JST):  Gov't to decide whether evacuees can return home after 6-9 months
- The government will decide whether people evacuated from areas around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant can return to their homes after plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. settles the crisis in six to nine months as it plans, industry minister Banri Kaieda said Sunday. Kaieda also told a press conference that the just-announced roadmap by Tokyo Electric toward ending one of the world's worst nuclear crises is ''an important step forward'' and that the government urges the utility to steadily and swiftly implement the roadmap. (Source: Kyodo News)

April 17, 2011 23:40 (JST):  Most quake/tsunami deaths were elderly drowning victims - Over half of those killed in three northeastern Japanese prefectures by the catastrophic March 11 earthquake and tsunami were aged 65 or older, while over 95 percent of deaths reported in Miyagi Prefecture alone resulted from drowning under the tsunami, fresh data showed Sunday. Of the 9,112 killed in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima pefectures whose ages are confirmed, 4,990, or 54.8 percent, were aged 65 or older, according to the data Kyodo tallied based on a list of victims by the National Police Agency. Separate data compiled by the police in Miyagi Prefecture, meanwhile, showed that out of 8,015 deaths confirmed through April 10 in the prefecture, 95.8 percent or 7,676, resulted from drowning. (Source: Kyodo News)

Japan quake confirmed dead

April 17, 2011 17:50 (JST):  Foreign firms to build temporary housing
- The Japanese government will allow foreign companies to build temporary housing in order to speed up reconstruction efforts in disaster-stricken northeastern Japan. Local authorities in affected regions have asked for 72,000 temporary houses to be built. However, so far construction is under way on only 10,800 units. The Land and Infrastructure Ministry decided to allow foreign companies to build temporary housing as long as they meet certain conditions. One is that they must have the capacity to build more than 100 units in 2 months. They are also required to meet Japanese standards for electrical voltage and wall plugs, and must form joint partnerships with Japanese construction companies for maintenance work. (Source:

Foreign firms to build temporary housing

April 17, 2011 13:30 (JST):  Japanese driver films tsunami wave from inside his car in Asahi, Chiba - Chiba was the southern-most of the more than 10 prefectures impacted by the Mar. 11 quake and tsunami. Although Chiba suffered less damage than the Tohoku region, its coast, dotted with ports and beaches, had not taken a hard tsunami hit in 308 years and was little prepared. The biggest tsunami - the third generated by the quake - struck the area 2 1/2 hours later because of the distance it had to travel. The tsunami topped 2 meters, according to the Choshi Local Meteorological Observatory.

Old tsunami warning sign in Asahi, Chiba Asahi, which is only about 55 miles (85 kilometers) east of Tokyo, is still in recovery mode, having suffered 13 confirmed deaths and two missing. The waves damaged 2,265 buildings, including 427 that were destroyed, and left 716 people homeless. Shelters are still housing 322 people. Utility poles (right) boasted tsunami warnings posted long ago, but locals say they never took them seriously. Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Thursday visited Asahi, in their first trip to an area badly hit by the March 11 strongest ever Japan earthquake and tsunami, to console local people. They are scheduled to visit other areas between now and May, including Ibaraki Prefecture and the three hardest-hit prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima. (Source: Japan Times)

April 17, 2011 8:50 (JST):  Vietnam cherry festival raises funds for Japan - Visitors to an annual cherry blossom festival in Hanoi, Vietnam, have offered support and made donations for people in eastern Japan who are struggling after the devastating March 11th strongest ever Japan earthquake and tsunami. The 2-day event is held every April to introduce Japanese culture to the people of Vietnam. The garden of an international exhibition center has been decorated with 300 cherry tree branches flown in from Japan. Many visitors were seen taking photos of the blossoms. (Source:

Vietnam cherry festival raises funds for Japan

April 17, 2011 2:01 (JST):  U.S. offers unmanned chopper to help remove Fukushima spent fuel
- The U.S. government has told Japan that it can use a U.S. unmanned cargo transport helicopter to set up cranes to remove spent fuel rods from storage pools at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant, Japanese and U.S. sources close to the matter said Saturday. The K-MAX helicopter, developed jointly by Lockheed Martin Corp. and KAMAN Aerospace Group of the United States, is being considered to set up the huge cranes. (Source: Kyodo News)

April 17, 2011 0:55 (JST):  Volunteers clean photos found in debris - In one of the towns struck by the March 11th tsunami, volunteers have cleaned photographs found in the debris in the hope of returning them to their owners. A Tokyo-based volunteer group has been collecting recovered photos and photo albums at an evacuation center in Otsuchi Town in Iwate Prefecture. Many of the pictures are of children or were taken at weddings. The volunteers removed dirt with brushes and towels, and soaked those stuck together by sea water in fresh water to separate them. (Source:

Volunteers clean photos found in Japan tsunami debris

April 16, 2011 20:35 (JST):  Fish caught off Ibaraki trade at normal prices
- The first catches of fish in nearly 2 weeks off Ibaraki Prefecture have been shipped to Tokyo's Tsukiji market. Fishing in the area had been suspended due to the detection of a radioactive substance exceeding the legal limit. Four kinds of fish were shipped to the market on Saturday morning in 40 boxes that had a note attached attesting that they do not contain radioactive substances exceeding the limit. The Tokyo metropolitan government says all the shipped fish from Ibaraki Prefecture traded at almost normal prices. (Source:

Ibaraki fish trade at normal prices

April 16, 2011 13:25 (JST):  531,000 foreigners left Japan after quake
- A total of 531,000 foreigners left Japan in the four weeks from March 12 to April 8, including 244,000 in the first week after the March 11 strongest ever Japan earthquake and tsunami, the Justice Ministry said Friday. The total included 185,000 Chinese, 107,000 South Koreans and 39,000 Americans. Of the foreigners who left Japan during the four weeks, 302,000, or almost 57 percent, obtained reentry permits. (Source: Mainichi Daily News)

April 16, 2011 10:15 (JST):  Quake victims' mental health can't be forgotten
- Children play with members of an Israeli volunteer group, who have been visiting northeastern Japan for mental health care for the March 11 strongest ever Japan earthquake and tsunami survivors, outside an evacuation center in the town of Yamamoto, Miyagi Prefecture, on April 14, 2011. (Source: Kyodo News)

Japanese children at evacuation center

April 16, 2011 4:25 (JST):  Gov't eyeing relaxation of power-saving goals for summer
- The government is considering relaxing power-saving goals for this summer after Tokyo Electric Power Co. said it will likely be able to increase supply more than its earlier prediction. TEPCO said it is expected to supply up to 52 million kilowatts of electricity by the end of July, revising upward from a previously forecast maximum of 46.5 million kw. The company told the government that it will likely be able to increase power supply by at least 5 million kw this summer by using thermal and pumped-storage hydroelectric plants. (Source: Kyodo News)

April 16, 2011 2:10 (JST):  TEPCO to compensate Japan's nuclear plant victims - The Japanese government has ordered the operator of the nuclear plant damaged by last month's quake and tsunami to pay compensation to affected families. About 48,000 families who lived within 30km (18 miles) of the Fukushima Daiichi plant will be eligible. The compensation is described as provisional, with payouts - expected to be 1 million yen ($12,000) per family - beginning on 28 April. Plant operator Tepco is still trying to stabilise the nuclear facility. More, including video...

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