Tepco needs compensation help

The head of Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) has asked the government to help shoulder the burden of compensating residents displaced by the crisis at its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, a bill that is expected to run into tens of billions of dollars. Ministers met over the weekend and on Monday to finalise a scheme to allow Tokyo Electric to cope with the payouts, but have been unable to agree on a final plan which could mean a rise in electricity bills.