70% of Fukushima businesses outside evacuation areas see profits below pre-disaster levels

22 November 2016

A recent survey by the business community in Fukushima Prefecture has found that 69.6% of commerce and industry business operators outside the prefecture’s evacuation areas have seen their operating profits hovering below their levels before the 2011 nuclear accident at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi plant. According to the results of a questionnaire by the Fukushima Federation of Societies of Commerce and Industry, made available on Nov. 21, 59.0% of respondents have not demanded compensation payments from the utility.

The federation believes the survey results confirm the far-reaching effects of harmful rumors stemming from the disaster. It is poised to demand that TEPCO ensures that all business operators outside the disaster-induced evacuation areas are aware that they qualify for compensation.

Survey taken by commerce/industry federation

More than five years since the nuclear accident, businesses outside the evacuation areas are supposed to receive two years' worth of compensation payments in a lump sum through next July for their operating losses, but individually negotiate with TEPCO for compensation thereafter.

Against that background, the federation surveyed management conditions of member businesses by sending a questionnaire to 19,142 members of 77 chambers of commerce and industry outside the areas. The survey was undertaken from May to June this year with the help of Fukushima University, Iwaki Meisei University and other parties. Replies were received from 4,492 businesses.

(Translated by Kyodo News)