via Japan Times / April 1, 2013 /

The no-go zone designation was lifted Monday for the town of Namie near the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

In line with the move, the Fukushima Prefecture town was realigned into three evacuation zones according to estimated annual radiation doses.

The rezoning lifted restrictions on entry into Namie’s eastern coastal area, where 80 percent of the town’s population, totaling about 20,000, lived before the March 2011 meltdown catastrophe started at the Tokyo Electric Power Co. plant. But no residents will be allowed to stay overnight in the area.

Several staff members were set to be stationed at the municipal office starting Monday.


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