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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Japan : Nuclear evacuation being considered for more areas

Via NHK News :

" The Japanese government says it will quickly decide on whether to evacuate more people from areas around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant which have radiation levels exceeding the state limit.

This comes after it was found that accumulative radiation exposure levels in parts of Date and Minamisoma cities exceed the 20 millisieverts per year limit set by the government. The areas are outside the current evacuation zone.

Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Tetsuro Fukuyama met with Minamisoma Mayor Katsunobu Sakurai at the prime minister's office on Thursday to discuss the situation.

After the meeting, Sakurai told reporters that residents are voicing concern and some want to evacuate. He said he asked the government to carefully consider the residents' wishes when deciding about evacuation.

Fukuyama told reporters that the government wants to quickly reach a decision after discussions with the 2 cities. He added the government wants to be on the cautious side in protecting the health of the residents."

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