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Wednesday, 3 August 2011

DPJ panel urges gov't to buy up land near Fukushima nuclear plant

 

A bicycle is left near the station in the part of the town of Minamisoma, which is inside the 20-kilometer (12-mile) evacuation zone, in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, Thursday, April 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)A bicycle is left near the station in the part of the town of Minamisoma, which is inside the 20-kilometer (12-mile) evacuation zone, in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, Thursday, April 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A panel of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan compiled a proposal Wednesday urging the government to buy up land near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant that has been leaking radioactive substances since it was crippled by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
The panel on the Fukushima nuclear plant crisis has designed the proposal in the event that the level of radioactive substances in the vicinity of the plant does not fall sufficiently to make the land habitable, so the state can encourage pre-disaster residents from the area to settle in other locations, DPJ officials said.

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