The so-called "decontamination" being carried out on an experimental basis by the national government in part of Fukushima Prefecture such as Iitate-mura, Namie-machi and inside the 20-kilometer radius "no-entry zone" has so far turned out to be a "dud" when it comes to actually "decontaminate", though it's been a great business for the national general contractors who get the cushy government contracts.
Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yukio Edano says the government's effort to decontaminate Fukushima is so essential to the well-being of the residents in Fukushima that the rest of Japan may be asked to pitch in. As if it's a novel idea. Under the current so-called plan, all decontamination cost will be billed to TEPCO. TEPCO, in turn, will ask the national government for the money to pay the bill from the national government. The national government, then, will increase tax, issue special bond, whatever it can do to take money from the Japanese citizens and residents of Japan, and give it to TEPCO so that TEPCO can pay the government. It will be much easier in July when TEPCO is "effectively" nationalized anyway.
From Jiji Tsushin (5/11/2012):
Cost of decontamination may be borne by the citizens, says Minister of Economy Edano
Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yukio Edano said during the press conference after the cabinet meeting on May 11 that the decontamination of radioactive materials dispersed by the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant accident "is the responsibility of the national government, from the viewpoint of making the residents in Fukushima Prefecture feel safe". Regarding part of the cost of decontamination to be borne by the national government, he said "I don't say it won't happen in the future".
Mr. Edano is a lawyer by training.
Trillions of yen to waste, so that the Fukushima residents can feel safe. That's very generous, isn't it?