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Evacuation order lifted for all of Kawauchi village, 6/14/2016

The government lifted at midnight on June 13 its evacuation order for two districts in Kawauchi, a Fukushima Prefecture village near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, leaving the village as a whole no longer subject to evacuation five years and three-plus months after the 2011 nuclear accident at the Tokyo Electric Power Co. plant.

Covered by the move were the Ogi and Kainosaka districts, both designated as zones preparing for the lifting of the evacuation order. Previous to becoming such preparatory areas, the two districts were residency-restricted zones. It was the first time that the evacuation order was removed in districts where the status of evacuation had been eased from residency-restricted zones. Advocating “a breakaway from a disaster area,” Kawauchi is seeking to step up efforts to promote the permanent return of residents to their homes, dispel harmful rumors and take other measures for the village’s rebirth.

The village population was 2,749 comprising 1,257 households as of June 1, of which the two districts had 51 people and 19 households.

In September 2011, six months after the nuclear disaster, Kawauchi had an emergency evacuation preparation zone eliminated under the government’s old zoning system. In January the following year, the village declared that it would promote residents’ return home, the first such move among Fukushima municipalities where evacuation areas were in place.

The village has come up with the slogan “Kaeru Kawauchi” (a play on homonyms, with “kaeru” meaning both “return” and “frogs”) punning on the wishes to see the permanent return of residents and on the forest green tree frog species, a symbol of the village. Kawauchi has thus been actively pushing ahead with measures for post-disaster rehabilitation after ending evacuation.

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Evacuation advisory lifted in Kawauchi village on Oct. 1, fukushima minpo, 10/1/2014

The government lifted its evacuation advisory for the bulk of Kawauchi, a village within 20 km of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant of Tokyo Electric Power Co., effective as from Oct. 1. The government also changed the status of the present abode-restricting zone in the western part of the village — closer to the plant and with greater levels of nuclear contamination — to a zone preparing for the lifting of an evacuation advisory. Both moves paved the way for full-fledged post-disaster reconstruction of the village.

It was the second case of an evacuation advisory being lifted following Tamura city’s Miyokoji district last April. The change in the status of the abode-restricting zone was the first of its kind in Fukushima Prefecture. Speaking on the eve of the landmark day, village mayor Yuko Endo pledged all-out efforts to rebuild Kawauchi and restore pride in the hometown by taking advantage of the government moves.

Residents in the area where the evacuation advisory was lifted numbered 275 of 139 families as of Sept. 1. Of the total, 48 people of 22 families have applied for long-term stays at their homes. Village authorities believe many of these applicants will return for permanent residence.

The number of people choosing to live in the village is increasing in line with improvements in living conditions following the completion of cleanup work. Of the village population of 2,758 as of Sept. 1, 1,476 or 53.5% live inside the village on a temporary or permanent basis.

Fukushima evacuation zone residents allowed to stay at homes overnight, mainichi, 4/27/14

FUKUSHIMA (Kyodo) — Residents of an evacuation zone within 20 kilometers of the disaster-struck Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant from Saturday are allowed to stay overnight as well at their homes following progress in radiation cleanup work.

Previously, the area’s residents had been allowed to spend only the day inside the evacuation zone.

The change means the residents will be free to spend the entire 24-hour day at home, for the next three months, after which the evacuation order may be lifted permanently.

However, because of the lingering fear of radiation, only 40 residents of 18 households applied to return home from evacuation housing, out of 276 residents of 134 households in the zone of Kawauchi village, Fukushima Prefecture.

The central government is in talks with the Kawauchi municipal authority and residents about lifting the evacuation order completely, given the progress in decontamination work.

If lifted, the zone in Kawauchi would become the second case of an evacuation order being lifted on an area within a 20-kilometer radius of the Fukushima plant, following the Miyakoji district in the city of Tamura, also in Fukushima.

A total of 10 municipalities including Kawauchi village are still subject to evacuation orders around the plant devastated by a massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami on March 11, 2011.

Katsutoshi Kusano, 69, and his wife Shigeko, 68, said they have returned home in the village from a temporary housing in the city of Koriyama in Fukushima as they “remain attached to” their house and garden.

Residents of evacuation zone in Kawauchi to stay home overnight, global post/kyodo, 3/23/14

The Japanese government is considering allowing residents of an evacuation zone located within a 20-kilometer radius of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to stay at their homes overnight for three months from April 26, government sources said Sunday.

As of the end of December, 330 residents of 152 households in the zone of Kawauchi village, Fukushima Prefecture, were still in evacuation housing after the nuclear plant was severely damaged by the huge earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011.

They are currently allowed to stay in the evacuation zone only in the daytime.

The latest plan has become more likely as decontamination works in the living spaces within the evacuation zone are almost complete, according to the sources.

The government will soon propose it to the municipal authority and the residents while examining the possibility of lifting the evacuation order for the area, although cautious voices still remain that the radiation level may still be high.

As for an area of the city of Tamura, adjacent to Kawauchi, the government has allowed its residents since last August to stay there day or night and, as of April 1, will make it the first area within the 20-km radius to have its evacuation order lifted.

==Kyodo

Residents of evacuation zone in Kawauchi to stay home overnight, global post, 3/23/14

The Japanese government is considering allowing residents of an evacuation zone located within a 20-kilometer radius of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to stay at their homes overnight for three months from April 26, government sources said Sunday.
As of the end of December, 330 residents of 152 households in the zone of Kawauchi village, Fukushima Prefecture, were still in evacuation housing after the nuclear plant was severely damaged by the huge earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011.
They are currently allowed to stay in the evacuation zone only in the daytime.
The latest plan has become more likely as decontamination works in the living spaces within the evacuation zone are almost complete, according to the sources.
The government will soon propose it to the municipal authority and the residents while examining the possibility of lifting the evacuation order for the area, although cautious voices still remain that the radiation level may still be high.
As for an area of the city of Tamura, adjacent to Kawauchi, the government has allowed its residents since last August to stay there day or night and, as of April 1, will make it the first area within the 20-km radius to have its evacuation order lifted.
==Kyodo
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