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People forced to flee the radiation in Fukushima Prefecture who probably never will be able to return home may get relocation support, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Toshimitsu Motegi has suggested. It is apparently backpedaling from the government goal of reopening the evacuees’ communities.

“An increasing number of people will not return or feel lost.Given such an eventuality, we would like to get ready a variety of options,” Motegi said.

His remarks at a press conference came after a top ruling Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker cited the need to clearly declare that people will not be able to return to some areas.

LDP Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba also said in a speech in Sapporo “Somebody will have to say at some point in time that ‘this region is inhabitable and this type of compensation will be offered (for those who are from the region).’”

<Media Report>
Plan to get all evacuees back home is stalling(Japan Times)

Some Fukushima evacuees can never return home, LDP exec admits (Asahi Newspaper)


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