The head of Japan's nuclear watchdog says problems stemming from the 2011 Fukushima accident have increased and grown in complexity over the past 6 years.
Chairman of the Nuclear Regulation Authority Shunichi Tanaka spoke to about 500 employees on Friday, a day before the 6th anniversary of the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.
Tanaka expressed concern that most of the residents who evacuated areas near the plant have not returned to their hometowns, even though they are now allowed to do so.
He said what keeps them away is not just anxiety about the crippled reactors but a range of other issues, such as work, education, and health.
Tanaka noted that those who have left Fukushima Prefecture are the victims of ungrounded rumors, discrimination and bullying.
He called on the agency's staff to work hard to help people in Fukushima rebuild their lives.