9/23/11 (AEIN) The Tokyo Electric Power Company has started sending compensation claim forms to Fukushima evacuees, about six months after the nuclear disaster began. TEPCO sent the forms to about 60,000 individuals last week and will deliver them to a total of 130,000 people. However, Radio Japan reported on Friday that many claimants complain of difficulty when attempting to request the funds.
The length of the instructions help to reveal the complexity of the claim forms; they consist of one-hundred and fifty-six pages. In the past, TEPCO never expected the need to issue compensation on such a large scale, so it did not have a system set up to compensate evacuees until the month of August. The power company has assigned over six-thousand employees to handle claims.
The total cost to compensate victims of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster is expected to reach tens of billions of dollars, according to Radio Japan. TEPCO is unlikely to have the ability to pay all of the costs, so the government will need to contribute funds. Insurance claims related to other effects of the March earthquake and tsunami are estimated at over fifteen billion dollars.