VIENNA - Japan is not planning to expand
an evacuation zone around a stricken nuclear reactor right now
but this decision is not set in stone, a senior Japanese nuclear
official said in Vienna on Monday.
"For the time being we are not going to. But it does not
mean in the future we may (not) change that," Koichiro Nakamura,
a deputy director general of Japan's Nuclear and Industrial
Safety Agency (NISA), told reporters.
Japan's devastating quake and tsunami three weeks ago
heavily damaged the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant,
forcing the government to create a 20-km (12 miles) evacuation
zone around the site.