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Decontamination schedule sheds no light on when evacuees can return via The Mainichi Daily News

The Ministry of the Environment on Jan. 26 announced a schedule for decontamination work covering 26,700 hectares of “special decontamination areas” tainted with radioactive materials from the damaged Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

The schedule eyes completion of decontamination work in areas where the yearly radiation dosage is below 50 millisieverts per year by the end of March 2014. However, the effectiveness of decontamination efforts is still unclear and there are a host of issues to deal with after the decontamination work is finished, including the building of infrastructure for each community. It remains unknown whether residents will be able to return to their homes.

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