Some May Lose Temporary Housing and Another TEPCO Lawsuit

People in temporary housing where the government arranged a contract for regular apartments with landlords may be without a place to live. Fukushima prefecture extended the program by 1 year but some in Miyagi and Iwate may find themselves on the street this year.

Some of the landlords have said they will not renew the leases with the evacuees, this could cause them to have to uproot yet again and try to find somewhere to live while many still struggle with employment issues. Areas in Miyagi are feeling a housing shortage adding to the pressures.

Another group has announced a lawsuit against TEPCO. 1600 people filed a class action suit against TEPCO demanding they restore the region to the pre-nuclear disaster condition and to pay them 50,000 yen a month until that happens. A statement by those that filed the suit said the suit intends to not only compensate those injured but to punish the government for letting the disaster happen through their push for nuclear power.

PM Abe announced that he will create a roadmap for the restoration of the disaster hit region. The plan hits on some key areas such as dealing with contaminated soil and speeding up the reconstruction process in areas that need to move homes to higher ground. It appeared to avoid the issue of long term contamination or those who would not be able to return in their life time and how this will help them.

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