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Saturday, 9 August 2014

Government to provide $3 bil. for Fukushima

  August 8, 2014
Three billion dollars over 30 years 

 The Japanese government plans to provide a subsidy of about three billion dollars over 30 years for regional development in Fukushima Prefecture. The grant is to be offered when local communities agree to build temporary storage facilities for highly radioactive waste.

Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara and Reconstruction Minister Takumi Nemoto will explain on Friday the grant for the local governments to Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato and the mayors of Futaba and Okuma towns.

The government plans to build facilities in the two towns to store highly radioactive waste generated in the prefecture by the decontamination effort following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster. The two towns host the damaged nuclear plant.

The ministers did not refer to the amount of the subsidy on July 28th when they met the governor and mayors. At the meeting, the ministers told them the government will allow landowners to keep their property rights for the land where it plans to build the facilities. The government had originally planned to buy land for the facilities from the owners.

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