Japan Tourism Industry During Nuclear Crisis

A government panel proposed Tuesday that the tourism industry should be compensated for damage from the nuclear crisis in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan.

Tourism businesses in Fukushima should receive compensation for lost revenue from cancellations and other negative effects associated with the crisis at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s <9501> Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station, the panel said in its second batch of guidelines for the compensation by the company.

The panel also proposed that compensation should cover all food grown in areas where a ban on shipments of certain products has been imposed.
Based on the guidelines, Tokyo Electric Power is slated to begin paying provisional compensation to affected people in the agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors later in the day.

Agriculture and forestry areas to be compensated are in Fukushima and the eastern Japan prefectures of Ibaraki, Tochigi and Gunma as well as two cities and one town in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo.

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