Residents of Kawauchi town inside the 20-km no-go zone around the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant made brief visits to their homes on Monday. It was the second time they had been allowed back since being evacuated in March.
NHK reported that 227 residents from 92 households, who are currently living in temporary housing, were allowed to go back in their own cars to retrieve personal items. In the only previous visit, only two people per household were allowed to go home by bus and they were only permitted to bring out one bag of personal items, NHK said.
This time, whole families -- clad in white protective gear -- returned to their homes and loaded up their vehicles with winter clothes and heaters, NHK reported. They were advised by government officials to stay no longer than four hours.© Japan Today