Fukushima, Jan. 27 (Jiji Press)–Yuko Endo, mayor of the village of Kawauchi near the disaster-hit nuclear plant in Fukushima Prefecture, said Friday that he will call on villagers Tuesday to return home.
In the wake of the March 2011 accident at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 plant, the village transferred its office functions to the city of Koriyama in the same prefecture and most of its villagers evacuated to Koriyama and other places.
The mayor unveiled his plan to issue a declaration on their return at Friday’s village assembly meeting. Kawauchi will be the first municipality in an evacuation zone to request its residents to return home.
The eastern part of the village is within the 20-kilometer no-entry zone around the nuclear plant and the western part was previously designated as an area in which people had to be ready to evacuate in case of an emergency.
In September 2011, the government lifted the designation in the western part, so the village will resume functions of its municipal office, schools, nurseries and village-run clinics in the area in April.