Disaster recovery funds would be assumed to allocated to the people, communities and local businesses directly impacted by the disaster. While many remain in temporary housing or having to find ways on their own to move elsewhere and start over, the Japanese central government has been giving disaster funds to nuclear plant operators.
The disaster fund disclosed by Asahi Shimbun allowed any nuclear plant operator to request funding to deal with additional costs due to the reactor shutdowns. So far only one, Chubu Electric in Shizuoka has taken the funds. The company’s reactors at the Hamaoka nuclear plant were ordered to shut down after the 3-11 disaster. Part of the 19.2 million dollars given to Chubu was used to offset additional costs for non nuclear power generation and to install a boiler in a fish hatchery.
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