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Japan delaying cleanup of towns near nuclear plant

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TOKYO (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Japanese officials are pushing back the cleanup schedule for towns contaminated by radiation following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

The original plan was to complete decontamination by next March of six municipalities around the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

Now officials say residents will have to wait a few more years before returning.

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