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Japan declares 20km no-entry zone around Fukushima

04-22-2011 09:35 BJT Special Report:9.0 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Japan |

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Japan has declared a 20-kilometer evacuated area around its radiation-spewing nuclear power plant a no-entry zone.

Residents are being urged to abide by the order for their own safety or face possible fines or detention. Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has also visited the region, discussing with evacuees and local officials the plans for strict enforcement of the evacuation zone. Tom Fearon has the details.

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said on Thursday that the no-entry order would take effect from Friday. And it aims to prevent unrestricted entry into the mostly deserted area.

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said, "We have finished coordinating the details with relevant government ministries, so we have decided to establish a no-entry zone today according to the disaster countermeasures basic law."

Under the law, people who enter the zone would be subject to fines of up to 100,000 yen and possible detention of up to 30 days.

But Enado added that authorities would arrange brief visits for residents. One person per household will be allowed to return by bus for a maximum of two hours to collect necessary belongings. But visits will not be allowed within three kilometers of the nuclear plant. The new rule is not due to any particular change in conditions inside the plant.

Meanwhile Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Thursday visited the evacuation center in Fukushima, and the tour revealed the problems he needs to deal with.

Naoto Kan also visited a nuclear crisis management center, giving a pep talk to workers.

Japanese PM Naoto Kan said, "The products from Fukushima which went to market are safe. So, I believe that purchasing and eating them will be the biggest help for Fukushima."

More than 130,000 people are still living in school gymnasiums and other shelters over a month after the devastating earthquake and tsunami.

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: CNTV.CN

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