Key nuclear liaison office opens in Fukushima

Kyodo

The Environment Ministry has opened an office in the city of Fukushima to spearhead the effort to scrub buildings, soil and waste contaminated with radioactive materials in areas affected by the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant.

The launch of the office Wednesday followed the nuclear decontamination law taking full effect Sunday.

With a staff of around 70, the office will act as a liaison between the central government and municipalities where decontamination efforts are needed.

The central government will start in the no-go zone around the nuclear plant and elsewhere at the end of this month before getting fully under way at the end of March.

The office is expected to increase its staff to some 210 in April.