Via The Japan Times: No-go advisory to be lifted in part of Tamura. Excerpt:
An evacuation advisory issued after the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant meltdowns in March 2011 will likely be lifted April 1 in part of the city of Tamura.
The government explained plans for lifting the advisory in the Miyakoji district at a meeting with its residents on Sunday.
The Miyakoji district was part of the former no-go zone set 20 km away from Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, which was crippled by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.
It will be the first time for the evacuation advisory to be lifted completely in any part of the zone. Residents from the Miyakoji district will be able to return home permanently once it is removed.
The government headquarters for the nuclear disaster will make a final decision on the advisory by March 31. Its decontamination efforts in the district were completed last June.
The government decided to lift the advisory after Tepco’s compensation program for residents there and measures to help them rebuild their lives were worked out in December.
As of the end of 2013, 358 people representing 117 households were registered as residents in the Miyakoji district. According to a survey by the government and other parties, 44 percent of the residents intend to return.