Japan’s government has notified the town of Naraha, Fukushima Prefecture that on 5th September it will remove the evacuation order that has been in place since the March 2011 due to the nuclear crisis.
Naraha will be the first to see the evacuation order lifted among seven Fukushima municipalities that were completely emptied by evacuation orders.
The removal of the evacuation order will allow 7,401 people to return to their town. It will be the largest homecoming of Fukushima evacuees so far.
The decontamination in Naraha was completed in March 2014. The average radiation level in residential areas was at 0.3 microsievert per hour, it went down to some 60 percent from before the start of the decontamination work.