Japan gov’t to finally admit indefinite forced depopulation of large zones around Fukushima plant

Monday, August 22, 2011
By Paul Martin

August 22nd, 2011

Large Zone Near Japanese Reactors to Be Off Limits, New York Times, August 21, 2011:

Broad areas around the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant could soon be declared uninhabitable, perhaps for decades, after a government survey found radioactive contamination that far exceeded safe levels, several major media outlets said Monday.

The formal announcement, expected from the government in coming days, would be the first official recognition that the March accident could force the long-term depopulation of communities near the plant […]

The government is expected to tell many of these residents that they will not be permitted to return to their homes for an indefinite period. […]

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