Sunday, February 10, 2019

Fukushima and the Privatization of Risk: Update

Too often, everyday people shoulder the burden of risk in the wake of catastrophic crises, such as the Fukushima Nuclear crisis, as illustrated in this news article:
EDITORIAL: TEPCO firmly at fault for balking at payouts to disaster victims February 9, 2019. The Asahi Shimbun, 
TEPCO says it cannot offer an “across-the-board increase” in the amounts of compensation. It also says some of the claims concern issues that are not clearly linked to the accident.  It is clear that the company is trying to prevent its already huge compensation payments from ballooning further. 
The utility’s stance on this issue deserves to be roundly criticized. TEPCO has made “three pledges” concerning compensation. It has promised to pay compensation to all victims “down to the last one,” ensure “swift and considerate” payments and “respect” settlement proposals made by the dispute resolution center.  
But TEPCO has failed to match its words with action. Both the center and the ministry have repeatedly urged the company to fulfill its pledges.



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