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Abe targets March 2022 to lift evacuation order in Fukushima

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to reporters in Iwaizumi, Iwate Prefecture, on Sunday.

Jiji Press IWAIZUMI, Iwate (Jiji Press) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday emphasized the government’s policy of aiming to lift by the end of March 2022 the evacuation order in no-go zones set around the disaster-crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station.

“The government is resolved to fully lift the evacuation order [for the no-go zones] even if takes a number of years,” Abe told reporters in the town of Iwaizumi, Iwate Prefecture.

A massive amount of radioactive substances were released from the Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. nuclear plant in Fukushima Prefecture, after it was heavily damaged in the magnitude-9.0 earthquake and subsequent huge tsunami on March 11, 2011.

Japan’s revival would be impossible without the restoration of the Tohoku region, Abe said, reiterating his determination to continue making utmost efforts to achieve the reconstruction of areas affected by the quake and tsunami, and the nuclear accident.

On Sunday, a day after the nation marked the sixth anniversary of the quake and tsunami, Abe visited Iwate to see progress in its postdisaster reconstruction efforts.Speech

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