• Kyodo


High-radiation zones contaminated by fallout from the 2011 Fukushima No. 1 atomic plant meltdown disaster had as of March shrunk to less than 25 percent of November 2011 levels, the Nuclear Regulation Authority said Wednesday.

About seven months after the start of the nuclear catastrophe, zones with radiation over 19 microsieverts per hour accounted for 27 percent of the total area designated as “difficult to return to for at least five years.”

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