When the Fukushima disaster took place there were many residents who were forced to flee their homes. There were more than 100,000 people who were forced to leave because of radiation concerns. Well over a year ago they started lifting those evacuation orders for various municipalities in the region.
Evacuees weren't left with much choice on returning though
at least 23 percent of residents have returned to former hazard zones
Despite much optimism and the fact that more than 20 percent have already returned though, there are still some lingering fears. Some former Fukushima residents are still wary of returning to an area that they aren't sure is safe.
According to the United Nations, radiation levels are still too high in the area and they don't think that it's safe to be sending people back to some of those areas. They've suggested that Japan might be violating human rights by threatening them to return to the area.
“I want to tell the world we haven’t had our human rights respected since the disaster. I don’t want this to happen to anyone else in any other countries.... I know so many mothers who have been suffering and struggling as a result of the nuclear disaster, because the Japanese government and TEPCO won’t admit to their responsibilities.” - Ms. Sonoda, Fukushima survivor
Japan plans to end most housing programs that were established for victims who fled mandatory evacuation zones by 2020.
Japan has rejected the concerns about telling people to return to the area. Multiple reports have suggested that it's safe to return now to the area, but not everyone has been convinced.