Some Japanese Want to Remain in Fukushima Despite Radiation Threat

It may be difficult to understand why some people have to stay in their homes despite threats of nuclear radiation contamination. But some Japanese souls are brave enough to brace for the worst that may yet to come in Fukushima nuclear radiation leak.

Despite the government’s evacuation advisory, a total of 27 people in 19 households remain in a northeastern Japan city near the damaged Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, it was learned Tuesday.

Municipal officials have tried many times to persuade the residents in Minami Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, to follow the advisory, issued for people living in areas up to 20 kilometers from the nuclear plant of Tokyo Electric Power Co. <9501>, which has been discharging radioactive substances since it was hit by the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami on March 11.

But the 27 people eventually decided to stay, the officials said, quoting many of them as saying they should take care of domestic animals or they do not want to leave their hometown.

The officials also said some evacuees have temporarily returned to their houses as they are tired of prolonged stay in shelters.
Meanwhile, the city found there remain some 150 residents, mostly the bedridden elderly, who cannot take refuge on their own in “voluntary evacuation” areas 20 to 30 kilometers from the plant.

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