Japan says some areas near Fukushima will remain uninhabitable for many years.

The 90,000 evacuated residents had all been expecting to return home. Of 50 sites monitored, 35 have levels exceeding 20 millisieverts of radiation exposure a year, the level at which the government considers evacuation becomes necessary. At Okuma, a town 3km from the nuclear power plant, the reading was 508.1 millisieverts per year. With the stable cooling of the reactors completed in July, the government expects a cold shutdown of the plant to be completed in January.