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Thousands rally for Fukushima compensation via The Sydney Morning Herald


Thousands of people angered by Japan’s nuclear power plant accident have rallied in Fukushima to demand full compensation for victims of the crisis, and swift decontamination of their neighbourhoods.

Sunday’s rally was attended by about 10,000 people, organisers estimated.

“Our town should be decontaminated at the earliest possible date and our life should be restored as it was before March 11,” the mayor of Namie, Tamotsu Baba, told the rally.

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A 9.0-magnitude earthquake and monster tsunami on March 11 crippled the power plant’s cooling systems and sparked reactor meltdowns, a series of explosions and the release of huge amounts of radiation into the environment.

All 21,000 residents in Namie, just north of the Fukushima Daiichi plant, were forced to evacuate from their homes.

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