Japan says not expanding nuclear zone for now

VIENNA - Japan is not planning to expandan evacuation zone around a stricken nuclear reactor right nowbut this decision is not set in stone, a senior Japanese nuclearofficial said in Vienna on Monday.

"For the time being we are not going to. But it does notmean in the future we may (not) change that," Koichiro Nakamura,a deputy director general of Japan's Nuclear and IndustrialSafety Agency (NISA), told reporters.
Japan's devastating quake and tsunami three weeks agoheavily damaged the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant,forcing the government to create a 20-km (12 miles) evacuationzone around the site.

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