The intent of the plan is to process 90 percent of all new claims within 60 days. In reality, those hoping to retire will face at least a 50 percent longer wait.
The U.S. State Department’s announcement that it would pay for the voluntary departure of government dependents from three locations in northeastern Japan appears to have taken the Department of Defense by surprise.
The State Department has authorized family members and dependents of U.S. government officials — including those of service members — to relocate from northeastern Japan, officials announced last night.
Consistent with the NRC guidelines that apply to such a situation in the United States, we are recommending, as a precaution, that American citizens who live within 50 miles (80 kilometers) of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant evacuate the area or to take shelter indoors if safe evacuation is not practical.
The Department of State requests all non-emergency official U.S. government personnel defer travel to Japan and urges U.S. citizens to avoid tourism and non-essential travel to Japan at this time.