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The government-backed body that handles the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) for the Fukushima nuclear disaster has set the causal relationship between evacuee deaths and the nuclear disaster at below 50 percent in over 80 percent of the 120 settlement proposals so far, it has been learned.

On Aug. 26, the Fukushima District Court ordered Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) to pay some 49 million yen in damages to the family of a 58-year-old woman who killed herself after she was forced to evacuate due to the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown. The court recognized that 80 percent of the cause of her suicide was due to stress caused by the nuclear disaster and calculated the compensation amount accordingly. Therefore, according to Mainichi Shimbun’s latest finding, the Nuclear Damage Claim Dispute Resolution Center has been reducing compensation to the families of those who died after evacuating from the March 2011 nuclear disaster.

The dispute resolution center calculates the amount of compensation for death in its settlement proposal by multiplying a “standard amount” by a percentage figure representing the impact of the nuclear accident upon the particular case at hand. For this reason, its decision on the contribution ratio of the nuclear disaster to the deaths vastly affects compensation payouts.

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Gov’t body cuts compensation for deaths over Fukushima disaster(Mainichi Newspaper)

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