Japanese communities record Chernobyl-level radiation via Lateline

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Broadcast: 19/10/2011

Reporter: Mark Willacy

Thousands of Japanese forced to evacuate their homes by the Fukushima nuclear disaster are facing the prospect of never being able to return.


STEVE CANNANE, PRESENTER: Seven months on from Japan’s nuclear meltdown, thousands of people are still unable to return to their homes around the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

And for many of them, the terrible realisation is sinking in that they may never go back.

Some communities have been found to be radiation hotspots, with levels comparable to those found at Chernobyl.

Many of those affected say they’ve had little help from the Japanese government as they struggle to come to terms with what’s happened.

The ABC’s North Asia correspondent, Mark Willacy, travelled to one of the Fukushima hotspots and talked to some of those dealing with the ongoing legacy of this disaster.

MARK WILLACY, REPORTER: He’s a practitioner of Zen, a seeker of enlightenment in an age of nuclear fallout.

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