Japan’s Government may Scrap Nuclear Evacuation Zone at end of August

The emergency evacuation preparation zone between 20 and 30 kilometers from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant may be scrapped by the end of next month, it was learned Thursday. The government will soon set preconditions for eliminating the zone and start discussions with local governments, as the Step 1 phase to stably cool the plant’s reactors has been generally achieved by the mid-July target in Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s timetable for bringing the troubled plant under control. People in the two sections of the emergency evacuation preparation zone have been asked by the government to make preparations to evacuate or stay indoors in the event of an emergency. Many residents in the zone already have left.

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