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Northeast Japan Dangerously Radioactive Until At Least 2022 April 27, 2012
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The report includes radiation forecasts for 2012 to 2014, and for 2017, 2022 and 2032.
Airborne radiation from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster will remain at dangerous levels in the contaminated region for at least the next 10 years, according to a new government report.

With projections through March 2032, the forecasts are based on data gathered last March.

They are designed to help municipalities draw up recovery plans and create programs for displaced residents to return home.

But the projections do not take into account experimental decontamination efforts currently being explored.

The report, presented by trade minister Yukio Edano says some areas surrounding the crippled nuclear reactors will still be contaminated with radiation levels above 50 millisieverts a year in March 2022.

That means the areas will remain off-limits to evacuees even beyond that time.

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