The Japanese government is considering allowing evacuees to make brief visits to their homes in the nuclear radiation zone to secure valuables, its top spokesman said Sunday.
The government will consider permits if such visits are possible, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said on a television talk show. He said he is aware that there are strong requests for such visits. The Japanese government has evacuated people living within a 20-kilometer radius of the troubled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan.
Edano apologized to residents and municipalities over the government’s response to the nuclear accident, saying the government has failed to provide residents with information in detail and appropriately.