Only 27 residents return to Miyakoji

JIJI

Only 27 evacuees from the Miyakoji district in the radiation-tainted city of Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture, have returned to their homes since the district’s evacuation advisory was lifted on April 1, it has been learned.

The Tamura Municipal Government had expected 90 residents from 27 families to come back.

The 27 returnees, from 12 families, account for less than 10 percent of the 353 residents in the 112 families there. Miyakoji was part of the 20-km hot zone set up around Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s crippled Fukushima No. 1 power plant after the meltdowns of March 11, 2011. It was the first to have its evacuation advisory lifted.

In April 2012, it was redesignated as an area safe enough to permit daytime stays for preparations to remove the evacuation advisory.