• Japan and the USA agree to study earthquake safety for nukes. On Sunday at the Group of Seven summit, Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Motoo Hayashi and U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz agreed that the two countries would conduct the joint study. Hayashi said Tokyo wants to solidify cooperation with Washington on the safety of nuclear plants, while Moniz proposed a joint study on measures to ensure nuclear plants’ safety against large earthquakes be made by the Japan-U.S. Bilateral Commission on Civil Nuclear Cooperation. http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002917379
  • Tepco’s compensation payments have reached nearly 6.125 trillion yen. 2.65 trillion yen has been paid to the more than 70,000 mandated evacuees that were ordered to abandon their homes by Tokyo in 2011. This means that every man, woman and child has accrued roughly 380 million yen. At the average exchange rate over the past five years, each evacuee has made roughly $350,000 (USD). Further, this does not include the $1,000 per month being paid-out to each evacuee for mental anguish, which was grandfathered back to the summer of 2011, which would bring individual earnings to nearly $640,000 (USD). Beyond the individual compensation payments, nearly 3 trillion yen has been disbursed for property and business compensation. http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/comp/images/jisseki-e.pdf