Fukushima cleanup pays SDF troops double war zone allowances


The Japan Self-Defense Forces

TOKYO (majirox news) — Japan Self-Defense Force troops involved in the most dangerous parts of cleaning up radiation at the leaking Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant will be paid record daily allowances of 42,000 yen (about $521), according to a Cabinet decision made June 24.

The allowances – about 13 times higher than current daily allowances for hazardous work – almost double the previous high dangerous duty allowance of 24,000 paid (about $298) to SDF troops dispatched to Iraq as part of that country’s recovery following the 2003 U.S. invasion.

Payments will be backdated to the March 11 disasters and will be apply to about 500 troops as of the end of April.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s Cabinet decided on the raises at a meeting on June 24, which also doubled the current daily SDF troop allowances of 1,620 yen (about $20) for disaster relief and 1,000 yen (about $12) for handling corpses. The payments will come into effect with implementation of a revision to the Law on Remuneration of Ministry of Defense Personnel.


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