Japan’s Soft Enforcement of its Evacuation Zone

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Homeowners in Japan are not heading the health risks of excessive radiation, they are frequently observed crossing an evacuation zone around the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear facility, to check on their property and retrieve belongings.

Government authorities admit enforcement has been lax, there is no penalty, but seemingly that is about to change.

Noriyuki Shikata, an assistant to the chief cabinet secretary told the media, “There is a realization of a need to have a stronger enforcement of the area.”

As many as 80,000 people living in villages and towns up to 20 miles from Fukushima were ordered to leave their homes following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Police have set up roadblocks to keep residents and curiosity seekers out, but they only take down license plates, there is no attempt to restrain them because they have no legal authority to do so.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said that Prime Minister Naoto Kan has scheduled a meeting on Thursday to discuss plans on how to enforce the zone, while trying to accommodate residents.

“We are considering setting up ‘caution areas’ as an option for effectively limiting entry,” (in the zone), said Edano.

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