via Voice of Russia / January 13, 2014 / A number of Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) employees, the operator of the tsunami-ravaged Fukushima nuclear plant, accuse the company of demanding their families to return the compensation money for their evacuation during the nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in 2011.
One particular employee’s family has received a letter from TEPCO, demanding that they return the 30 million yen (approx. US$288,000) they have received so far. Four other families of employees have reported they have also received letters from TEPCO asking they return the money, with two families needing to pay over 10 million yen ($96,000) each.
Meanwhile, as thousands of residents were asked to leave the surrounding areas of the plant due to radiation fears, some employees’ families were settled in the same areas and suffer radiation dosages of over 50 millisieverts annually.
TEPCO has been paying 100,000 yen ($960) per month under the guidelines set by the central government. Residents of the no-go zone around the Fukushima plant can also demand for a lump sum compensation covering a five-year period starting June 2012.
The families of employees have consulted a lawyer, Tsuyoshi Kamata, to deal with the demand letter. He called TEPCO’s actions “impermissible” and asked the company to start improving itself. An official from the company’s PR department had this to say, “We respond to demands for compensation from our employees as well as their families in an appropriate manner.”
TEPCO defended its practice. “We respond to demands for compensation from our employees as well as their families in an appropriate manner,” says an official of the firm’s public relations department.