Fukushima costs double to nearly $180B


TOKYO: The estimated cost of dealing with the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis has doubled to some $180 billion, a report said on Thursday, underlining the challenge Japan faces in overcoming the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. The Japanese government now estimates that total costs — including compensation, decommissioning and decontamination — could reach 20 trillion yen ($178 billion) or even more, public broadcaster NHK reported on Thursday. The figure, which it obtained from unidentified government sources, is nearly double the previous estimate of 11 trillion yen made three years ago.



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