Last evacuation area in Kawauchi village to be removed on June 14

29 April 2016

The government’s task force assisting the recovery of Fukushima Prefecture from the 2011 nuclear accident has made clear it will lift an evacuation order for the last part of Kawauchi village on June 14. Kawauchi Mayor Yuko Endo showed readiness to accept the plan following a closed meeting of village assembly members held on April 28 at the village office. The move will leave the entire village free from evacuation areas five years after the disaster at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Subject to the move will be the Ogi and Kainosaka districts in the eastern part of the village. Both districts are designated as a “zone preparing for the lifting of an evacuation order.” The proposed date for removing the order was unveiled at the meeting by Osamu Goto, deputy head of the Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters.

Goto told reporters after the meeting that the average radiation dosage in the two districts has declined about 70% from the level before decontamination work was launched, adding that conditions are ripe for lifting the evacuation advisory. It will take about a month to complete various preparatory work before declaring the evacuation is over, he said. June 14 was chosen because a village-sponsored trip in which about 300 residents are to participate is scheduled for June 11-12, according to Goto.

(Translated by Kyodo News)