Areas near Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture that were declared unsafe after the last year’s nuclear disaster are likely to be prepared for evacuees’ return in two year.
The Reconstruction Agency said that it would aim to allow evacuees to return to zones in Fukushima where preparations are under way for lifting emergency off-limits orders.
The agency specified the goal in a grand plan for 12 municipalities where evacuation zones were designated due to radioactive fallout from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, the Japan Times reports.
The zones have recently been reclassified into three groups, those whose evacuation orders will be immediately lifted, those where preparations will be made to lift the orders and those that will remain off-limits.
According to the report, the plan calls for the government to join with Fukushima Prefecture and the 12 municipalities to dispose of radioactive soil, develop residential areas and create new industries.
It also calls for developing infrastructure and supporting evacuees to allow them to resettle in the zones in two years.