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Transition of evacuation designetaed zones

2018年1月12日更新 Update

Transition of evacuation designated zones

In June 2015, the government announced its policy to accelerate the recovery efforts in order to cancel the evacuation instructions issued over all the zones except the difficult-to-return zones by March 2017 and allow the residents to return to their homes. The movement toward the return to homes is gradually starting.

Currently, these zones(371km2) occupy 2.7% of areas of Fukushima Prefecture (13,783km2).

March 11, 2011

  • The evacuation order was issued within a 3-kilometer radius of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.
  • On the same date, the order to stay indoors was issued within a 10-kilometer radius.

March 12, 2011

  • The evacuation order was issued within a 10-kilometer radius of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.
  • On the same date, the evacuation order was issued within a 20-kilometer radius.

April 22, 2011

Image : Transition of evacuation instruction zones 2

Image : Transition of evacuation instruction zones 1

Current Instructions



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The evacuation designated areas to be approx. 2.7% occupation (371km2) of the entire area of Fukushima Prefecture (13,783km2).

Since April 2017


About Entrance and Stay in the evacuation designated zones (as of June 2015)

Image: legend

Areas Designated According to Radiation Levels.Entry restricted by physical barriers
(e.g. barricades)
Entry Points and Purposes of Entry
Through traffic via Major Road Temporary Return of ResidentsEntry for Public UtilitiesEntry for Work or Related Activities Permitted in AreaOvernight Stay in Area.
Image: pinkDifficult-to-Return Zone
(Restricted Access Zone)
YesConditions Apply
(Notes 1 & 2)
Conditions Apply
(Note 1)
Conditions Apply
(Note 1)
Conditions Apply
(Note 1)
Not Permitted
Image: yellowRestricted Habitation ZoneNoPermittedPermittedPermittedPermittedConditions Apply
(Note 3)
Image: greenPreparatory Zone for lifting of Evacuation Order NoPermittedPermittedPermittedPermittedConditions Apply
(Note 3)

Difficult-to-Return Zone (Restricted Access Zone)
The area where the annual cumulative dose estimated from the air dose rate may not be lower than 20 mSv, even 6 years after the nuclear disaster. (The area where the estimated annual cumulative dose exceeded 50 mSv as of March 2012)

Restricted Habitation Zone
The area where the annual cumulative dose estimated from the air dose rate has been confirmed to be above 20 mSv (as of March 2012).

Preparatory Zone for lifting of Evacuation Order
The area where the annual cumulative dose estimated from the air dose rate has been definitely confirmed as being below 20 mSv (as of March 2012).

The evacuation directives previously issued still remain in the all three areas, and in the "Difficult-to-Return Zone", entry is restricted by physical barriers (e.g., barricades).

In the "Restricted Habitation Zone" and the "Preparatory Zone for lifting of Evacuation Order", entry is restricted for other than non-authorized persons, although there is no day-time entry restriction.

(Note 1) It can be implemented when the municipality's mayor has issued a pass, etc.
(Note 2) For some main highways, travelers do not need to show their pass.
(Note 3) A system exists that allows for exceptions, such as an overnight stay in "special cases" or "when for preparing to return home".

Reference : For more information on restrictions regarding such activities, please refer to the "About the activities in the areas under the evacuation order (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry's HP)". (Only in Japanese.)

Number of evacuees (as of October 2017) 

evacuee number 

◆ Nearly 55 thousand people from Fukushima continue to live as evacuees (Earthquake, Tsunami, NPS accident)


 September 2017: Route 114 opened up to traffic

route 114 opened up  

  On September 20, the previously closed Route 114 was re-opened to vehicle traffic. Route 114 runs for approximately 27km between Tsushima and Muroharain Namie Town. As this is a main road connecting Fukushima City with Namie Town, it is expected that it will make things more convenient for residents in Namie Town and adjacent municipalities as an evacuation route as well as a route for transportation of emergency goods and pesonnelin the event of a disaster. It's re-opening is expected to further accelerate restoration and reconstruction projects.

July-August 2017: Opening of commercial facilities to support the reconstruction of the regions (Kawamata Town and Iitate Village).


commercial faicilities open


  Commercial facilities which will support the reconstruction were opened in Yamakiya district, Kawamata Town and Iitate Village. These facilities aim to support the livelihoods of returnees, with retailers providing daily commodities, food, and places to eat. 'Tonya no Sato' or 'Home of Wholesalers' has an area devoted to providing information on the reconstruction efforts as well as a multi-purpose square. Madei Hall is a place where residents can meet and relax. Flowers are grown, displayed and sold in the building adding to the relaxed vibrant atmosphere.

April 2017 : Elementary and Junior High Schools resumed for the first time in 6 years. (Odaka district, Minami-Soma City)

Odaka schools   Due to the aftermath of the nuclear power accident, Odaka district, Minami-Soma City and Naraha Town were forced to run elementary and junior high schools in Kashima district and Iwaki City respectively. This year, they returned to their towns and resumed school operations for the first time in six years. Five  Municipalities (Kawamata Town, Yamakiya district, Tomioka Town, Namie Town, Katsurao Village and Iitate Village) are aiming to resume  school operations in their hometowns. The prefectural government, municipalities and national government will continue to work together to form attractive schools.

June 2017 : Groundbreaking of the Futaba Medical Center (tentative name) (Tomioka Town)  

Futaba Midecal Center  On June 7, 2017, a ceremony to pray for the safety of construction and groundbreaking took place at the Futaba Medical Center (tentative name). We secured 24/7/365 emergency medical services and secondary emergency medical services including medical services to support resumption of home medical services that are required in the Futaba area and support "environment where local residents can work with peace of mind", "environment where people engaged in the revitalization projects can work with a sense of security", and "environment where companies can do businesses with security" from the medical aspect. Futaba Medical Center (tentative name) is expected to open in April, 2018.

April 2017: Opening of Odaka Industrial Technology and Commerce High School (Minamisoma City)

Odaka Tec High  In April 2017, Odaka Commerce High School will merge with Odaka Technology High School, as Odaka Industrial Technology and Commerce High School opens in Odaka, Minamisoma. It will train personnel who can contribute to regional reconstruction and the Fukushima Innovation Coast Framework.

October-November 2016: Malls opened  (Namie Town and Tomioka Town)

Malls in Futaba District , Fukushima Prefecture  On October 27, 2016, "Machi Nami Marche" was opened, and later on November 25, "Sakura Mall Tomioka" was opened. The openings were expected to improve convenience of residents returning home, in the perspective of lifting of evacuation orders in the future.

Setting up *Futaba Medical Center (Tomioka Town)         <*tentative name>

image of the Futaba Medical Center  The Prefectural Government will develop (tentative name) Futaba Medical Center in Ozukadistrict, Tomioka Town, in order to secure medical care necessary for the region including the secondary emergency medical care in Futaba county, and support an environment where residents and people engaged in revitalization projects can live and work with peace of mind, from a medical aspect.

(scheduled to open in April, 2018)

August 2016: Addressing to the resumption of J-Village    (Hirono Town and Naraha Town)



  Fukushima Prefectural Government is addressing the recovery of J-Village which is under suspension due to the disaster.

   We are planning not only to restore the pre-disaster condition but also build a more attractive facility. For that, we are developing a new accommodation building with all weather training field in a scale of the whole soccer ground to partially resume the operation in summer of 2018 and fully resume in April, 2019.

   In 2020 Tokyo Olympic games, J-Village will be a training camp for representatives of Japanese male and female soccer players.    We are reconstructing a new J-Village which will gain popularity among people as a symbol of revitalization of the prefecture.

July 2016: JR Resumption of JR Joban Line between Haranomachi and Odaka

Joban Line


On July 12, 2016, JR Joban Line resumed operation between Haranomachiand OdakaStation following the lifting of evacuation orders to MinamisomaCity. Many passengers took the train. In front of OdakaStation, a ceremony to pledge revitalization was organized by MinamisomaCity.

  JR Joban Line is expected to resume full lines by the end of March 2020.

March 2016: Commercial complex. "Shopping Center YO-TASHI" opened



On March 15, 2016, a commercial complex "Shopping Center YO-TASHI" was opened in KawauchiVillage, housing Family Mart Kawauchithat sells fresh food, a pharmacy, a cleaning store, and restaurants.

There is a community space available for exchanges between villagers. This is expected to facilitate residents' return and revitalization as well as recovery of the community after their return.

March 2016: Naraha Remote Technology Development Center (Mock-up Center) Test Facility  completed

Naraha Moc Up Center, Fukushima Prefecture

On March 30, 2016, a completion ceremony was held for a test facility of the NarahaRemote Technology Development Center constructed by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA).

  The facility is equipped with a mock-up of a part of a nuclear reactor containment vessel, and serves as a hub of decommissioning research by TEPCO.

  Full operation started from April.

February 2016: Revitalization clinic ‘FUTABA RE-CARE’ opens, Naraha town


On Feb 1, 2016, the new clinic  is  established in NarahaTown in order to help the recovery of Futaba County  and develop an environment for the return of residents.

December 2015: Mega solar power plant starts operation, Okuma town


Okuma  Town FurusatoRevitalization Mega Sola Power Plant was completed in Okawaradistrict which is a hub of reconstruction for Okuma Town, and started operation from December 18, 2015. Annual output is about 2,200MWh that covers power consumption by about 600 households. Part of sales revenue of electricity is being used for the operation of plant factory to be constructed in Okawaradistrict by Okuma Town.

November 2015: Special Elderly Nursing Home opens, Kawauchi village

かわうち  The home newly established and opened in KawauchiVillage on 1 November, 2015 has 80 beds  available

April 2015: Futaba Future School Opens, Hirono town


  On April 8, 2015, a new public school opened as a 6-year secondary education school in HironoTown. The school is aimed to become a symbol of revitalization of the prefecture through its own curriculum to grow human resources who will contribute to global and future society.