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Soil issue buried for lack of storage via The Japan Times

More than 15 months after the Fukushima disaster started, municipalities hit by the fallout are struggling to dispose of radioactive soil collected under decontamination efforts.

Prime Minister Yoshiyuki Noda vowed upon taking office last September to lead the nuclear decontamination effort, but that has proven to be an empty promise, say officials in the Tohoku region and parts of Kanto, including metropolitan Tokyo.

Unaided, local efforts have progressed little because residential opposition and the central government’s fickle and evasive policies are making it difficult to set up storage sites, municipal authorities said.

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