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Fukushima Gov. Yuhei Sato urged the central government Wednesday to drop one of three towns from a list of sites earmarked for the construction of facilities to store highly radioactive waste from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant disaster.

“We want the government to consider . . . building the waste storage facilities in the towns of Okuma and Futaba,” Sato said in a written request, calling for a revision of the existing proposal to build another storage site in Naraha for soil and other radioactive material removed during decontamination work outside the plant.

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