The city of Shimada in Shizuoka Prefecture this week began a test incineration of tsunami debris from Yamada town in Iwate Prefecture.
The city incinerated 10 tons of debris on Thursday and will test the ashes for radioactive cesium over the weekend, before deciding on whether to accept more debris from the Tohoku area, TBS reported.
Environment Minister Goshi Hosono observed the incineration. He told reporters on Friday that he hopes other prefectures will help with disposal of debris.
So far, Tokyo is the only city outside the disaster zone to have accepted tsunami debris for incineration. Current plans are for Tokyo to incinerate 50,000 tons of debris from Miyagi Prefevture in 16 wards in Tokyo this year.© Japan Today