13 Juin 2016
June 13, 2016
The mayor of a village near the crippled nuclear plant in Fukushima has urged officials to work together to create a new village now that the evacuation order has been lifted.
The evacuation order for Katsurao Village was lifted for most areas on Sunday.
On Monday, Mayor Masahide Matsumoto addressed about 40 village officials.
He said it was a difficult decision to accept the lifting of the evacuation order, as concerns remain about radiation. But he added that encouraging signs can also be seen, such as a resumption of farming.
The mayor urged the officials to start creating a new village where residents can feel safe.
More than 1,400 residents were forced to evacuate after the 2011 accident of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
According to a survey the village conducted last year, nearly half of the respondents said all or parts of their families want to return when the order is lifted.
A village official said she wants to support both those who will return to the village and those who decide to stay away for a while longer.