Evacuation Order for Fukushima N-Plant Host Town Partially Lifted

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Tokyo, April 10 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government's evacuation order issued eight years ago to a host town for the disaster-crippled nuclear plant in Fukushima Prefecture was partially lifted at midnight on Tuesday (3 p.m. GMT).

The move marked the first step toward reconstruction for the town of Okuma following the March 2011 meltdown at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s <9501> Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

The nuclear plant straddles the towns of Okuma and Futaba. It was the first time for any part of the two towns to see an evacuation order lifted since the nuclear accident.

The reactor meltdown forced all of Okuma's some 11,500 residents to evacuate. The town government has worked on radioactive decontamination and infrastructure development to give residents options to return, according to Mayor Toshitsuna Watanabe.

The evacuation order was lifted for two districts, which together make up about 38 pct of the total town area. As of the end of last month, 367 people of 138 households, or some 3.5 pct of Okuma's population, were registered as residents of the two districts.

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