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Environment Minister Goshi Hosono repeated his request Saturday for temporary storage sites to be built in towns around the crippled Fukushima No. 1 plant for radiation-tainted soil and debris before its eventual disposal.

But representatives of Naraha, one of the three towns targeted, refused to budge, according to people who attended a meeting Saturday in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture. Naraha’s municipal authorities have been based in Iwaki since the nuclear crisis began.

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