Japan Sets A 20-Kilometer Radius ‘No Entry Zone’ On Crippled Fukushima Nuke Plant

Japan imposed a no-entry zone midnight Thursday prohibiting residents from remaining within a 20-kilometer radius of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to enhance control of evacuees amid continued fears of radiation leaks, Kyodo reported.

The no-entry zone came into effect following a meeting between Prime Minister Naoto Kan and Fukushima Gov. Yuhei Sato at the prefectural office on Thursday, in which Kan told Sato to upgrade the current evacuation instruction for residents in the area.

Sato, emerging from a 35-minute meeting with Kan, told reporters he had called on the premier to thoroughly explain the new step to the municipalities subject to the legally binding ”caution areas.”

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