A town in Fukushima Prefecture has begun free delivery of daily necessities to residents in the hope that it will encourage displaced residents to return.
Hirono town was in the evacuation zone after the March 11, 2011 nuclear disaster but residents were allowed to return home last year.
However, more than 70% of residents have not returned, officials said.
The delivery service was launched on Thursday by the local chamber of commerce, NHK reported. Food and other daily necessities are delivered to residents.
Chamber officials said they think one reason why so many residents have not returned is because the number of shops and supermarkets has halved since the disaster, making it inconvenient to buy goods.
There are 13 participants, including a supermarket and wine shop, taking part in the delivery service which is available to any resident who buys items worth more than 1,000 yen.© Japan Today