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National memorial for quake, tsunami victims to be built in Fukushima via Japan Today

The government has announced its intention to build a national memorial in the Fukushima Prefecture town of Namie to commemorate victims of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and those who died while being evacuated due to the subsequent nuclear disaster.

The memorial, not planned as a structure but rather a roughly 10-hectare area consisting of a square and a hill, will be the centerpiece of a larger park the Fukushima prefectural government will build in an area straddling Namie and the neighboring town of Futaba.

The central government hopes to partly complete the memorial by March 2021, the 10th anniversary of the disaster in northeastern Japan that killed nearly 16,000 people, with over 2,500 still missing.


In March the government lifted an evacuation order for the part of Namie where the memorial is slated to be built.


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  1. nfield says

    Presumably, this memorial will be visited by children as well as many adults. Its location in an area where an evacuation order has only recently been lifted–and this policy is rightly controversial–seems to be another expression of government unwillingness to recognize the risk of health effects.

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