Fukushima, Jan. 31 (Jiji Press)–The village of Kawauchi near the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant declared an end to evacuation on Tuesday and called on residents to return.
Kawauchi is the first among municipalities located in evacuation zones designated after the nuclear accident to take such a step.
The village will restart administrative services and reopen schools, nurseries and clinics in April, Kawauchi Mayor Yuko Endo said at a press conference.
While the residents are allowed to make their own decisions on whether to return home, Endo called on them to “build a decent and safe village together.”
After the meldown accident at the Tokyo Electric Power Co. plant caused by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, the Kawauchi government moved its functions to the neighboring city of Koriyama.