Fukushima N-Plant Host Town to Be Out of Evacuation Zone

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Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima Pref., March 26 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government said Tuesday it plans to lift its evacuation order for part of the town of Okuma in Fukushima Prefecture, home to the disaster-crippled nuclear power plant, on April 10.

The central government put forward the plan and the town accepted it. The government's Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters will officially decide on the lifting of the order, issued due to radiation concerns.

Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s <9501> Fukushima No. 1 plant, which caused the country's worst-ever nuclear accident following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan, straddles the towns of Okuma and Futaba.

It will be the first time for any part of the two towns to see an evacuation order lifted.

Yoshihiko Isozaki, state minister of economy, trade and industry, visited Okuma Mayor Toshitsuna Watanabe at the town's temporary office in the city of Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima, northeastern Japan, to convey the proposal to lift the evacuation order.

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