FUKUSHIMA – The central government will allow evacuees from Kawamata, Fukushima Prefecture, to stay overnight in their homes on a temporary basis for a three-month period starting Aug. 31, officials said Monday.
The plan, presented at a meeting of town assembly members, is a preparatory step toward allowing the evacuees to return permanently.
The government will allow 1,192 people from 555 households to temporarily return to the town’s Yamakiya district, which falls in the band measuring 30 to 40 km from Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.
Of 11 administrative regions in the district, one is currently designated as a residence-restricted area with access allowed for temporary visits only, while the remaining 10 are designated as areas preparing for the lifting of the government’s evacuation order.
It is the first time that people will be allowed to stay overnight in a residence-restricted area, while it is the fourth case in which overnight stays will be allowed in an evacuation zone.