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Japan pushes back cleanup of towns contaminated by radiation from crippled nuclear power plant
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Monday, October 21, 2013 2:15 AM EDT
Radiation cleanup in some of the most contaminated towns around Fukushima's nuclear power plant is far behind schedule, so residents will have to wait a few more years before returning.
An International Atomic Energy Agency team is also finishing a weeklong visit to check cleanup progress in Kawauchi, a less-contaminated community where an evacuation order was lifted earlier this year.
The government hopes to restore lost communities in some areas around the plant, but challenges remain in ensuring food safety and job security.