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The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency proposed freezing studies by the Nuclear Safety Commission in 2006 on expanding the “disaster-mitigation zones” around nuclear plants during emergencies to bring Japanese regulations in line with international standards, according to email messages released Thursday by the commission.

NISA, part of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, argued that expanding the zones “could cause social unrest and increase popular anxiety,” the messages say.

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