September 28, 2011


Japan extends US$1.13 billion aid to cattle farmers



Japan's cattle farmers who were affected by the nuclear disaster in northeastern Japan caused by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami will receive JPY86.3 billion (US$1.13 billion) aid from the Japanese government.


For the spending, the government will dip into reserves for postdisaster reconstruction under the second supplementary budget for fiscal 2011.


The agricultural ministry already announced in August assistance measures for farmers whose beef cows were fed with rice straw contaminated with radioactive cesium coming from Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s crippled Fukushima number one nuclear power plant.


The ministry will use the reserves to, among others, buy meat of some 3,500 cows from 17 prefectures including Fukushima, where the nuclear plant is located.

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