A town left deserted after its entire population was evacuated in the wake of the devastating Fukushima nuclear disaster is no longer off-limits, the country’s government said. Futaba, located around two-and-a-half miles away, was reopened on Wednesday ahead of the Tokyo Olympics. Some 7,000 residents were ordered to leave after a magnitude 9.0 earthquake devastated Japan and triggered the meltdown of three reactors at the town’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on 11 March 2011. It has remained untouched in the nine years since. The partial lifting of the entry ban comes weeks before the Olympic torch starts from another town in Fukushima prefecture, and is expected to pass through Futaba on its route.
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