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Fukushima Anniversary

Fukushima cleanup costs swell with no end in sight

Japan has spent $7bn annually since 2011 disaster with more work on horizon

A reactor undergoing decommissioning at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. (Photo by Mayumi Tsumita)

TOKYO -- Japan has spent roughly 1 trillion yen ($7.3 billion) annually on the damage caused by the meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant that occurred 12 years ago, and the final price tag is still uncertain.

The amount earmarked for victim compensation, decontamination and reactor decommissioning work has added up to roughly 12 trillion yen through March 2022, according to the Board of Audit, which reviews expenditures by the Japanese government.

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