In a part of the difficult-to-return area in Tomioka Town, Fukushima Prefecture, which aims to lift the evacuation order next spring, access restrictions have been significantly relaxed from the 26th, and it is now possible to enter freely 24 hours a day.

Tomioka Town, Fukushima Prefecture, is an area of ​​390 hectares, such as the Yonomori area, which was once a residential area, among the difficult-to-return areas. I am.

Until now, the area was only accessible from 9 am to 4 pm with permission, but from the 26th, regulations have been significantly relaxed and free access is available 24 hours a day. It is now possible.

On the 26th, the barricade was removed at 9 am, and cars and other vehicles from the evacuation site went inside one after another.

Although it is not possible to stay overnight, the town is aiming to start a "preparatory accommodation" to sleep at home etc. in preparation for returning during the Golden Week holidays.

As of the 1st of this month, 1176 households and 2729 people have registered as residents in this area, and it is expected that the deregulation of access will improve the environment for long-term stays.

Ikuo Yamamoto, the mayor of Tomioka Town, said, "It's been 11 years, but the first step in the reconstruction of this area has finally begun. I can do it, so I'd like to expect it from the tourism side as well. "

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