Iitate to reopen village office in July, keep existing outside foothold

The village of Iitate, entirely evacuated since the 2011 nuclear disaster at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima Daiichi plant, will reopen its office in July next year. Village head Norio Kanno told reporters on Nov. 30 that functions of its temporary office in Iino town will be relocated to the evacuated office building to resume business on July 1. In the village, preparations are under way for residents to return home, including work to build a reconstruction base, village-run residences and a community hall, along with progress in decontamination work. With the relocation of key village office functions, Iitate will seek to step up reconstruction of village life toward the goal of having an evacuation order lifted by the spring of 2017. According to the mayor, Iitate has set July for village office resumption because April is a busy month, closing the books for fiscal 2015 ending in March 2016. It will maintain over-the-counter services such as the issuance of residence certificates at the existing temporary office in Iino. (Translated by Kyodo News)