The Abe administration plans to submit a bill to ratify an international treaty on compensation for cross-border damage from nuclear accidents during the extraordinary Diet session expected to be held this autumn.
The administration released the plan during talks Thursday in Tokyo with the United States on how to strengthen cooperation in decommissioning the damaged reactors at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant and decontamination work in areas tainted with radioactive substances.
The Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage, or CSC, stipulates who should compensate for cross-border damage of nuclear accidents.
Japan joining the treaty is believed essential in order to allow U.S. companies to participate in decommissioning the reactors and decontaminating the surrounding region.
Last October, the government expressed its intention to join the treaty at the request of the United States, which was promoting it as a means to compensate victims of accidents and to protect nuclear plant makers from liability.