Japan says considers nuclear evacuation zone daily, not widening now

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TOKYO, March 31 (Reuters) - Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said on Thursday that the Japanese government was considering on a daily basis the size of the evacuation zone around the country's stricken nuclear plant but saw no need to widen it now. Pressure is mounting on Japan to expand the evacuation zone beyond the existing 20-km (12-mile) zone after high radiation was detected outside the area and sea contamination was now 4,000 times the legal limit. (Editing by Michael Perry)

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