Fukushima, April 16 (Jiji Press)–Officials of four evacuated towns in Fukushima Prefecture near the crippled nuclear power plant are planning to create temporary towns to keep local communities alive elsewhere in the northeastern prefecture.
The four municipalities are Okuma, Namie, Futaba and Tomioka. Those towns are entirely or mostly within the no-go zone designated by the central government due to the nuclear crisis caused by Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s <9501> Fukushima No. 1 power plant, which was severely damaged by the earthquake and tsunami on March 11 last year.
Town officials have come up with “temporary town” initiatives for fears that local communities in areas with high radiation levels will disappear, as residents may have to stay out of the areas for a long period after the existing evacuation zones are realigned.
The officials are now trying to give shape to the ideas of creating areas that bring together town halls, schools and commerce facilities such as shops and restaurants.
“I would be delighted if my family can live together again,” said a housewife from Okuma whose family members have evacuated to separate places.