Six hotels demand compensation from TEPCO

Six hotels in Akita Prefecture are seeking a total of 12.8 million Yen (166,000 USD) in compensation from TEPCO. The hotels claim that the nuclear power plant disaster has led to cancellations from foreign visitors, which has reduced their operating revenue.

The hotels are part of the Akita Prefecture Ryokan Association. The Association submitted the claim for compensation to TEPCO on their behalf. The claim by each hotel ranges from 120,000 to 5,200,000 Yen.

Under TEPCO’s current compensation guidelines, they will compensate hotels across Japan for lost revenue caused by foreign guests canceling their bookings up until the end of May 2011.

As for the loss of revenue from a  drop in Japanese tourists, TEPCO will only provide compensation to hotels in Fukushima, Ibaraki, Gunma and part of Chiba.  The Ryokan Associations for the six prefectures in the Tohoku region are currently in discussions with TEPCO to expand the compensation to hotels in all areas within Tohoku.

Source: Akita Sakigake Shimpo, February 11, 2012.

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