The government plans to lift the evacuation order for the Fukushima town of Naraha in early August following the completion of decontamination work.
About 7,400 residents had to leave the town, which is 12 kilometers from the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, after the March 11, 2011 disaster.
Economy and industry state minister Yosuke Takagi said that the area has become stabilized and is now deemed safe, with radiation levels having fallen to 0.3 microsievert per hour, Fuji TV reported.
The decision will become official after government representatives meet with displaced Naraha residents over the next 12 days.
Local media quoted one resident as saying, "Our homes and are lives are anything but 'stabilized.' We feel the announcement of the evacuation lift is premature and does not address these issues."© Japan Today