– Small radiation hot spots in Fukushima to be declared safe (Japan Times/Jiji, Dec 22, 2014):
MINAMISOMA, FUKUSHIMA PREF. – The government said it will declare that all remaining designated radiation hot spots in residential areas in Fukushima Prefecture are safe for residents. The move does not affect the main exclusion zone, which remains in place.
This Sunday, officials will lift an evacuation advisory for 142 locations in the city of Minamisoma, which will affect 152 households, Yosuke Takagi, state minister of economy, trade and industry, said this weekend during a briefing to residents.
Amid complaints from residents, Takagi said the decision was based on rules that allow hot spot designations to be lifted once radiation levels fall following decontamination work. Continue reading »