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Environment minister in no-entry zone

April 10, 2016

Marukawa visits Fukushima no-entry zone


Japan's Environment Minister Tamayo Marukawa has visited a no-entry zone in Fukushima Prefecture, where workers are still clearing the environment of radioactive fallout.

Marukawa on Saturday traveled to the Yonomori District in Tomioka Town, near the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

The district has a 2.5-kilometer row of cherry trees that are in full bloom. But it remains a government-designated no-go area, with high radiation levels that will make it hard for people to return for a long time. So far workers have only decontaminated some parts of such zones.

The government says it plans to review the status of evacuation zones around the plant by summer as radiation levels in some areas have fallen. It will also decide how far to extend the full-scale decontamination job.

Marukawa said the clean-up operation is pivotal to the revival of towns in the area. She indicated that the government will consult local officials on the planning.

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