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U.S. not recommending citizens leave Tokyo


WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- The White House says it is not recommending that American citizens currently in Tokyo leave after several other countries asked their citizens to return home over radiation concerns. 

France and Austria are taking precautionary measures, asking citizens to leave Tokyo after slightly elevated radiation levels were reported in the city. Austria said it is going to relocate its embassy to Osaka from Tokyo. 

But U.S. officials have determined Americans are safe to stay in Tokyo. They urge U.S. citizens to follow the guidelines set forth by the Japanese government. 

Japan is warning people who live within 20 miles of the damaged nuclear reactor complex to say inside to avoid exposure to radiation. Tokyo is 170 miles away from the damaged complex. 

Japanese officials said the increased radiation level reported in Tokyo was too small to threaten people's health.

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