Disaster left cities in limbo: mayors via The Japan Times Online

Speaking at the Global Conference for a Nuclear Free World symposium, Katsutaka Idogawa, mayor of Futaba, one of two towns hosting the doomed plant, said residents were forced to embark on a long journey the day the reactor cores melted and tainted multiple prefectures with radioactive fallout. “It’s a journey we don’t know will end or whether we’ll be able to go back home,” said Idogawa, adding residents were forced to abandon their lives and leave. “I couldn’t imagine this kind of thing would occur in such a contemporary society, but it did.”

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