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Evacuation of some people who live outside the 20 kilometer radius from the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has begun.
Families with babies and children up to kindergarten age and pregnant women are the first of the 7,700 residents of two towns to evacuate.
Municipal officials say they have secured temporary housing for almost all of the residents who want it.
Sunday, May 15, 2011 13:00 +0900 (JST)
The government is compiling a schedule of measures to deal with the accident at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant to provide evacuees as well as the international community a better idea of what to expect.
Prime Minister Naoto Kan is scheduled to attend the Group of Eight summit later this month and is expected to explain what the government is planning to do to stabilize the situation at the Fukushima plant, as well as in rebuilding areas struck by the Great East Japan Earthquake.
Some families cannot move together to designated temporary housing or cannot decide on the place to go as they would be far from work or school.