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Fukushima Town Offers First Site for Waste Storage, Nikkei Says

A town near Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear station offered to build a site to store contaminated soil, the first municipality near the plant to accept radioactive waste from the atomic disaster, the Nikkei newspaper reported.

The town of Naraha in Fukushima prefecture north of Tokyo proposed building a temporary site on the condition another one is built in the district its located in, the Nikkei said, citing unidentified people familiar with the situation.

Japan’s government wants to build a decontamination site near Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear station by the end of March next year, the Nikkei said. Residents of towns and villages in the area are resisting attempts to choose a site, it said.

The March 11 earthquake and tsunami knocked out power and cooling at the Fukushima station, forcing 160,000 people to evacuate and spreading radiation over parts of northern Japan.

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