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A group of charter bus companies must submit documentary proof for each cancellation attributed to the Fukushima nuclear crisis to receive compensation for profits lost due to the disaster, the companies have been told by the nuclear damage claim dispute resolution center.

Sixteen charter bus companies in Tokyo and Kanagawa Prefecture filed an out-of-court alternative dispute resolution (ADR) claim with the government-backed dispute resolution center. Each of the companies received numerous reservation cancelations following the March 2011 Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant meltdowns, with some seeing their profits plunge more than 50 percent.

The companies submitted the group compensation claim in October 2012. Their claim compared operating profits for a one-year period following the nuclear accident against the average profit for the several years prior — demanding the difference between the two figures.

During the first scheduled hearing in December 2012, the mediating lawyer from the center who was responsible for drawing up the settlement proposal told the bus companies that they had to submit documents specifying how they knew that the nuclear accident had been the reason for each individual reservation cancelation. One of the 16 companies succeeded in preparing the documentation as it had asked their clients the reason for each cancelation, but the other 15 were unable to comply with this requirement.

The bus companies emphasized that the demand for them to prepare such documentation was “too severe.” Meanwhile, the center pressured the 15 firms on numerous occasions to drop their compensation claim.
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Bus companies face uphill battle over nuclear disaster compensation (Mainichi Newspaper)


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