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Miyake Island, which was fully evacuated in September due to the volcanic activity of Mount Oyama, may not be safe enough to return to for another three months to a year, a leading expert said Sunday.

Yoshiaki Ida, head of the government’s Coordinating Committee for the Prediction of Volcanic Eruptions, made the comments “as a personal opinion” in speaking at a gathering held to encourage the Miyake islanders, who have entered their third month of evacuation, in Tokyo’s Minato Ward.

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