TEPCO has given “compensation” to an Ibaraki bamboo shoot farmer in the amount of $333 yen. That converts to $4.37 USD or 3.15 euros. Farmers in the region, many have lost their cattle or have been unable to sell their crops due to contamination. This has also included many farmers who were bankrupted almost overnight as consumers refused to buy products from that region due to the combination of many contaminated food products and a government system that has tried to downplay the danger and bully consumers into buying the products out of national pride and compassion. Without an honest food monitoring system consumers opted to shun any produce from the region leading to many farmers losing everything.
TEPCO’s decision to send farmers what amounts to an insult on top of injury is causing lots of head scratching and anger.
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