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Japan: Some Evacuees May Be Kept out for Years via The Wall Street Journal

TOKYO—Radioactive contamination may keep some areas around the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex off limits for years, Japan’s government said Monday.

Earlier this month, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon met with an evacuee, who fled from a town near the earthquake and tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, at a gymnasium in Fukushima, northern Japan.

In its first detailed survey of the evacuation zone around the plant, the education ministry said it found spots—mostly within three kilometers (nearly two miles) of the plant—where annual radiation exposure could reach 200 to 500 millisieverts. The government requires people to evacuate if the cumulative dosage is likely to exceed 20 millisieverts per year. The annual limit for nuclear-plant workers in normal circumstances is 50 millisieverts (250 millisieverts in emergency conditions).

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