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Japan’s biggest economic development organization, Keidanren, has spoken out in support of beleaguered Tokyo Electric Power Company. According to an article by the AFP, the Nippon Keidanren said the government is to blame for the nuclear crisis that occurred after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami and not TEPCO.
They added that the government should be responsible for compensating the victims of this tragedy and not the utility company. Hiromasa Yonekura, chairman of the Nippon Keidanren said in an interview with the European news agency that the government has avoided taking any kind of responsibility for the problems that have impacted the entire country. He added that the two natural disasters that crippled the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant could not be predicted and it is the government’s responsibility to take charge of the situation.
Last month the Japanese government demanded that TEPCO compensate residents who were forced to evacuate their homes because of rising radiation levels. Families could receive up to ¥1 million. TEPCO has started handing out some of these compensation packages.
The utility company could end up paying more than ¥600 million to families who lived within 30 km of the crippled nuclear plant.
Tepco President Masataka Shimizu is a senior figure in Keidanren.