"Many may be forced to return to contaminated communities against their wishes because they can not afford to stay where they are now living".
According to statistics released on March 10 by the National Police Agency, there were 15,893 deaths from the Great East Japan Earthquake and 2,553 people still unaccounted for, making it the worst natural disaster to hit Japan in the post-World War II period.
The task would be a lot easier if not for the hundreds of radioactive wild boars currently roaming within the now habitable zone.
In some cases, the male breadwinner of the family has remained to work in Fukushima, while their wives - especially those with children - have moved to further and safer communities, thus paying for two accommodations.
When people left, however, the boars descended from the hills and began to inhabit the town. According to tests conducted by the Japanese government, some of the boars have shown levels of radioactive element cesium-137 that are 300 times higher than safety standards. The hunters will likely have to keep working to contain the animals even after the residents return to their homes.
Radioactive wild boars are running amok near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi power plant on the eastern coast of Japan.
It is causing concern for any chances of re-population of the town, around 4km from the destroyed nuclear plant, which has been partially cleared to inhabit by the end of the month. Homes are still damaged or abandoned, and the streets are littered with bags of radioactive waste.
A survey conducted a year ago by the government found that over half of Fukushima's former residents said they wouldn't return, with fears of radiation among the main reasons cited.
'If we don't get rid of them and turn this into a human-led town, the situation will get even wilder and uninhabitable'.
These evacuees are forced to live "uncomfortable" lives in places such as temporary housing facilities and hospitals, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe noted in a speech delivered during an annual memorial ceremony organized by the government in Tokyo. "It's like our town has fallen under wild boars" control'.