JAPAN | Govt may allow brief home visits to evacuees

Posted on August 6, 2011

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JAPAN | NHK | 6 August 2011

The Japanese government may allow evacuees whose homes are close to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant to return home temporarily.

In response to the nuclear accident in March, the government set up a 20-kilometer no-entry zone around the plant. Later, it allowed brief visits by residents whose homes are located within 3 to 20 kilometers of the plant.

But visits to homes within 3 kilometers of the plant have been banned.

The government says it is now making arrangements for those residents to return temporarily because the plant’s reactors are being cooled in a stable manner, and radiation levels are declining.

The government will soon begin detailed radiation monitoring in the area to ensure the safety of the returning evacuees.

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