Fukushima Evacuees Facing Harder Access To Housing

home-lockoutBack in 2011 PM Kan told Fukushima evacuees they could go home very soon. This was probably not what he meant.

The current Japanese government has been in the process of a push to force evacuees to return to the evacuation zone through a number of measures. Compensation payments would be cut and efforts to reopen some services in the disaster area were implemented. While this would leave many with no further aid, a new effort will make it even harder to not return to the evacuation zone.

In 2013 the Reconstruction Agency told local municipalities to not exempt evacuees from tough requirements to obtain public housing when their compensated housing expires. The Reconstruction Agency admitted that the plan is to force people to return home, they made this statement in that meeting basically the policy is for a return to Fukushima”. 

So not only will they cut off people’s compensation funding and aid, they will do whatever possible to make it harder for them to leave on their own or stay evacuated.

For more information about how Japan’s public housing system works, the Yen for Living blog at Japan Times has some helpful information.

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