• Kyodo News


The government is reviewing its current directive for people living in a 20 to 30 km radius of the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant to remain indoors, and may recommend they relocate farther away, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano indicated Thursday.

But Edano stressed in a news conference that reconsidering the directive does not mean the risk of radiation leaking from the plant is increasing.

“We are reviewing whether people (in the area) can continue living under current conditions,” Edano said, noting locals have become dependent on Self-Defense Forces members for their supplies.

As trucking companies are shunning the designated no-go zone, residents there are finding daily necessities such as gasoline and food increasingly hard to come by.

Edano emphasized that the government would proceed with caution if it decides to revise the directive, to avoid sowing fear that the radiation danger is rising.

After the March 11 earthquake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima nuclear complex, causing its reactors to leak radiation, directives were issued for people living within 20 km of the plant to evacuate and for those in the 20- to 30-km radius zone to remain indoors.

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