FUKUSHIMA Lives on the Line

300March 11● It is one year since the Great East Japan Earthquake. A prefectural memorial service is held at Comcom in Fukushima City to pray for the victims of the earthquake.March 13● Graduation ceremonies are held at 232 of the 237 public junior high schools. Five other schools are temporarily closed owing to the nuclear power plant disaster. 19,900 students graduate, which is 599 less than last year owing to people evacuating to places outside the prefecture. March 14● Results from selection stages I and II of the Prefectural High School entrance exams are announced in 88 full-time schools, including satellite schools, and seven part-time schools. 15,136 people passed. March 15● Naraha Town Council unanimously approves a written opinion that opposes the creation of temporary storage facilities. March 16● Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Nuclear Damage Dispute Reconciliation Committee decides compensation guidelines according to the government’s restructuring of evacuation zones. Under the new system, residents from “difficult to return” zones will receive compensation of six million yen per person for psychological damage in one payment as well as compensation for the full value of their home directly before the accident. Residents from “restricted inhabitation” zones will receive a two year amount of 2.4 million yen in one payment. The monthly amount of compensation for “evacuation order removal preparation” zones will be 100,000 yen per person. This is the committee’s final decision. March 17● The Fukushima Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Reconstruction Convention is held at Nihonmatsu Civic Hall. Approximately 1000 people pledge their involvement in the reconstruction. March 18● The six prefectures of Tohoku become one giant exhibition hall as the “Destination TOHOKU Campaign” gets underway. The campaign was jointly developed by the Japan Tourism Agency and local areas and aims to rejuvenate tourism, which suffered a sharp decline owing to the Great East Japan Earthquake. A reception ceremony is organized at JR Fukushima and Aizu Wakamatsu stations.March 19● The Futaba March Assembly unanimously approves a member proposed resolution to “return town hall functions to within the prefecture.” Futaba moved town hall functions to Saitama Prefecture owing to the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster. A special committee is set up to research the new location, which will be used from the end of June.March 22● TEPCO extends the scope of compensation for nonevacuation zone areas to cover pregnant women and children under 18 years in nine municipalities in the Kennan (Southern Fukushima) area of Fukushima Prefecture. The compensation amount is 200,000 yen per person. At the Fukushima Prefectural Assembly, TEPCO indicates that they will donate three billion yen to the Fukushima Nuclear Damage Response Fund as financial assistance to Aizu, which falls outside the scope of compensation. ● Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism announces official land prices as of January 1. The average rate of fluctuation across the entire prefecture was −6.2% for residential areas and −7.2% for commercial areas, which exceeded the national average. The effects of the nuclear disaster are striking. The investigation was not conducted within the 17 hazard zones. March 23● Graduation ceremonies are held at all 477 national elementary schools with the exception of ten schools in Soso district, which are closed, and two schools in Iwaki with no pupils. 18,796 pupils graduate, which is 1636 less than the previous year owing to the effects of the nuclear power plant accident. March 26● Kawauchi, which moved its village hall functions to Koriyama because of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster, resumes business in its original location. Of all nine municipalities that moved their operational functions, Kawauchi is the second to move back after Hirono.● TEPCO announces that the water level in the containment vessel of Fukushima Daini nuclear power plant Unit 2 Reactor is approximately 60 cm from the bottom of the vessel. The examination was conducted by inserting an endoscope into the vessel. The level of water was lower than expected and seemed to be leaking out of the vessel. March 27● Fukushima Prefecture advised municipalities of a policy to independently award compensation for psychological damage outside of evacuation zones. Pregnant women and children under 18 years from Aizu district will receive 200,000 yen per person, pregnant women and children from Kennan (Southern Fukushima) district will receive 100,000 yen per person, and other residents from the other districts will receive 40,000 yen per person. The various municipalities will make arrangements to receive this money on March 29. March 28● Okuma Town Leader Toshitsuna Watanabe makes a request to the government for the entire town to be designated as a “difficult to return zone.” The request is revealed in an All-member Town Assembly.March 29● TEPCO submits an application to the government’s Nuclear Damage Compensation Facilitation Corporation requesting a capital injection of one trillion yen of public funding.March 30● The government restructures the evacuation zones in Minamisoma, Tamura, and Kawauchi into three zone types according to radiation amounts. Minamisoma will be split into evacuation order removal preparation, restricted inhabitation, and difficult to return zones, Kawauchi will consist of evacuation order removal preparation and restricted inhabitation zones, and Tamura will be an evacuation order removal preparation zone. Tamura and Kawauchi will make the transition to the new zone types on April 1 and Minamisoma will follow on April 16. March 31● The free use of highways in the Tohoku region, which aimed to assist the post-earthquake reconstruction, is brought to an end.Earthquake Disaster Document