Nuclear disaster minister Goshi Hosono on Saturday visited Fukushima Prefecture and said that evacuated residents who live withn three kilometers of the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant would be allowed to make brief visits home on Aug 26 and Sept 1.
Wearing a protective suit, Hosono made an inspection tour of areas within three kilometers of the nuclear power plant, NHK reported. It was his seventh visit to the prefecture in 8 weeks.
Hosono told NHK he understands the strong desire of residents to return to their homes and said the government will take all possible safety measures to make sure residents can return temporarily.
In a meeting with Fukushima Gov Yuhei Sato, Hosono said the government will set up a task force to facilitate the cleanup of radioactive substances and decontamination work.© Japan Today