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Japan should not push residents back to Fukushima: UN expert

Tokyo defends decision to raise radiation ceiling

Visitors check radiation levels near Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s tsunami-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- A United Nations-appointed expert on pollution and human rights criticized the Japanese government on Thursday as too eager to send Fukushima Prefecture residents back to the homes from which well over 100,000 were displaced by the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster.

"The gradual lifting of evacuation orders has created enormous strains on people whose lives have already been affected by the worst nuclear disaster of this century," said U.N. Special Rapporteur Baskut Tuncak, who presented to a General Assembly committee meeting a new report on hazardous substances and wastes.

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