JAPAN | Some 100 lawyers to mediate nuclear disputes

Posted on July 31, 2011

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JAPAN | NHK | 31 July 2011

The Japan Federation of Bar Associations will assign around 100 lawyers to mediate settlements at proposed state entities dealing with compensation disputes related to the Fukushima nuclear accident.

In April, the government formed a panel to work on who is eligible for compensation in a bid to swiftly assist those affected by the accident.

The panel is holding discussions on creating dispute-settlement centers in Tokyo and Fukushima Prefecture.

The panel plans to have legal experts, including lawyers, bring about settlements. The Japan Federation of Bar Associations is making a list of about 100 lawyers to be recommended for the work.

The federation is also preparing to appoint 30 lawyers as screening officers tasked with looking into compensation claims and compiling points of contention.

The federation’s secretary general, Yuichi Kaido, says his organization will do its utmost as the dispute-resolution centers are designed to handle the unprecedented size of compensation quickly and fairly.

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