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Japan lifted an evacuation order Thursday morning for a part of Okuma, a town in Fukushima Prefecture, that had been in place since the March 2011 nuclear accident.

The removal of the evacuation order was the first for a "difficult-to-return" zone in the municipalities that host Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, which suffered a triple reactor meltdown after a massive earthquake and tsunami.

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