An ongoing concern to businesses is fear of radiation stemming from the meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which is operated by Tokyo Electric Power Co.
Buffeting the resurgence is the battalion of workers who arrived in Fukushima after the accident to decommission the plant.
“On the weekends, workers who have accumulated a lot of stress come out to play in a big way,” says a member of the municipal government. “As a result, sales at restaurants are way up.”
This prosperity has come at a cost. “The area was once known as a popular location for couples to venture out on dates,” says a 40-year-old male who lives in the area.
That is no longer the case.