Japan nuclear evacuation area will be no-go zone

Japan Thursday said it would ban people entering the 20 km 12 mile evacuation zone around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant north of Tokyo, weeks after the tsunami-wrecked facility began leaking radiation.

Tens of thousands of people left the zone after the March 11 quake smashed the power station, operated by Tokyo Electric Power TEPCO, but some have since returned to their homes to collect belongings.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano told a press briefing that as of midnight Thursday, people will only be allowed into the zone under government supervision."The setting of the no-entry zone and last months evacuation instruction are aimed at securing the safety of the people," Edano said.

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