Train operations on a Joban Line section that have been suspended due to the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and the subsequent nuclear accident were restarted on Sunday.
East Japan Railway Co. <9020>, or JR East, the operator of the line, brought back online the 8.5-kilometer-long section between Hirono Station in the town of Hirono, Fukushima Prefecture, eastern Japan, and Tatsuta Station in the town of Naraha in the same prefecture.
It is the first time that train operations have been resumed in an area where an evacuation advisory has been issued following the nuclear accident at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s <9501> Fukushima No. 1 power plant.
An evacuation advisory has been in place almost across Naraha, which is close to the damaged nuclear plant.
Naraha Mayor Yukiei Matsumoto last month said that he aims to realize residents’ permanent return to their homes in the town in spring next year. Naraha residents in evacuation are now allowed to enter the town during the daytime.