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Regarding the June 11 article “18% of Fukushima evacuees may be unable to return home even after 10 years“: This figure is laughable; there is no way. The example is Chernobyl. Not one person has returned to Chernobyl because the hazard is still present in the soil.

Japan has nowhere to dispose of Fukushima’s radioactive soil because no one wants it. As long as the radiation hazard persists, no one goes home. Your statistics assume that if the hazard is removed, then people may safely return.

The opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are the writer’s own and do not necessarily reflect the policies of The Japan Times.

christopher o’loughlin

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