While the eyes of the whole world are focused on the coronavirus pandemic and its consequences, Japan announced on June 3 last its intention to reopen a large part of the evacuated area set up after the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. in the northeast of the country in March 2011. Ultimately, the government aims to reopen the evacuation zone completely by 2022-2023. Since 2014, the Japanese government has gradually lifted the evacuation order in six of the twelve municipalities in the area. With an initial surface area of 1,150 km2, it was only 340 km2 in April 2019. Only a limited fraction around the power plant will now be inaccessible. The authorities plan at the same time to abandon the decontamination policies for all areas below 20 millisieverts per year – the maximum internationally fixed standard for the population being 1 millisieverts per year. A decision strongly criticized against the backdrop of international pressure, in an area still very heavily contaminated.
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