Japan begins legally enforcing Fukushima exclusion zone

A 12 mile exclusion zone around Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear plant became legally enforceable last night.

Japan's prime minister, Naoto Kan.

Japan's prime minister, Naoto Kan.

Until last night (April 20) residents were advised to leave the area around the plant which last month became, along with Chernobyl, became the two highest rated civil nuclear disasters in history.

Japan's prime minister, Naoto Kan, announced the decision during a meeting with Fukushima state governor Yuhei Sato.

A government spokesman said: "We have been asking residents not to enter the area as there is a huge risk to their safety."

Luke Walsh


disasters | nuclear


Click a keyword to see more stories on that topic, view related news, or find more related items.


You need to be logged in to make a comment. Don't have an account? Set one up right now in seconds!

© Faversham House Group Ltd 2011. edie news articles may be copied or forwarded for individual use only. No other reproduction or distribution is permitted without prior written consent.