News: September 7, 2011 | Fukushima Diary
[Japan decides against evacuating Fukushima Prefecture residents]
Nothing less than criminal..
The Japanese government has decided to cancel the order to evacuate the residents of several populated areas in the Fukushima Prefecture that lie outside the 20km area around the crippled Fukushima-1 NPP, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano reported on Tuesday.
This decision affects 58,000 people in five municipalities and is explained by the progress achieved in clearing the aftermath of the crisis at the nuclear power plant. Edano also said that the authorities will allow residents of neighbourhoods situated within 3km from the plant to make short visits to their houses. Earlier this area was closed for everyone except rescuers.