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» Evacuation order for Kawauchi village will be lifted despite residents protest

An evacuation order for the eastern part of this village that has been in place since the Fukushima nuclear disaster will be lifted on Oct. 1, , despite residents protesting that it is too early to lift the order.

The order covers an area with 139 households where 275 people live within 20 kilometers from the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant. Also on Oct. 1, a stricter evacuation order covering 18 households where 54 people live will be lowered in severity to allow more access.

The agreement was reached by Senior Vice Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Kazuyoshi Akaba and Kawauchi Mayor Yuko Endo. Akaba is also head of the national government’s local nuclear disaster-response headquarters.

At a meeting between Akaba and residents after the agreement was made, residents expressed concern about radiation levels and about the end of the emotional duress compensation. These reparations of 100,000 yen a month will end a year after the evacuation order is lifted. In opening remarks, Akaba said to the audience of around 75 local residents, “An evacuation order is a very strong restriction on residents. Now that the conditions (for lifting the evacuation order) have been met, we can no longer continue to violate the constitutionally-guaranteed rights of living and property (by not allowing residents to return).”

However, none of the residents at the meeting agreed with Akaba’s argument. Over the course of a question and answer session lasting about an hour and a half, residents raised question after question, such as about the safety of food grown in the area. Government officials responded that they had stricter radiation limits in place for this food than in any other country.
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Gov’t decides to lift evacuation order on Fukushima village despite residents’ protests (Mainichi Newspaper)


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