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Gov’t committee decides to hold power utilities liable for nuclear damage on unlimited basis

  • January 27, 2017
  • , Mainichi , p. 4
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A technical subcommittee of the Japan Atomic Energy Commission, which is tasked with discussing the compensation system for nuclear damage, decided on Jan. 26 to maintain the existing system of holding power utilities liable for nuclear accidents on an unlimited basis. The idea of capping the liability and making the government shoulder costs beyond this ceiling was shelved because public understanding could not be obtained for it.


During the meeting, the Cabinet Office, which serves as a secretariat of the technical subcommittee, proposed raising the “amount of compensation” that operators of nuclear power plants will provide as insurance payouts in the event of a nuclear accident from the current 120 billion yen on the premise that nuclear power operators bear the liability for nuclear accidents on an unlimited basis. The idea was accepted in principle. The subcommittee will discuss the details, such as how much the compensation amount should be raised, after the next gathering and finalize a report this summer. The government will revise the Act on Compensation for Nuclear Damages based on the report. (Abridged)

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