Mr Itakura Masao who returned to live in Tomioka Town, Fukushima Prefecture via FoE Japan

“If you haven’t seen Fukushima, you can’t possibly imagine this reality.” The evacuation orders for the town of Tomioka in Fukushima Prefecture were lifted in 2017. Mr Itakura’s home is about six kilometres from the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. We visited Mr Itakura, who has returned to live in Tomioka, together with Ms Muto Ruiko of Miharu Town, Fukushima Prefecture. He told us that he doesn’t bring his grandchildren or children to visit because the radiation levels are still too high. He also spoke of the situation in Tomioka, formerly part of the evacuation zone, where he still drives himself despite being over 90 years old because of the limited shops and services available. Please listen to Mr Itakura’s testimony.

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