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In shadow of Japan’s Fukushima disaster, the Olympic message of ‘recovery’ rings hollow via Washington Post

By Michelle Ye Hee Lee  and Julia Mio Inuma  […] They collected soil samples to measure radioactivity and developed their own method of decontamination from the fallout of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, destroyed after a devastating earthquake and tsunami in … Continue reading

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Reflections in Fukushima: The Fukushima Daiichi Accident Seven Years On via Greenpeace

Seven years after the start of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster and one year after the Japanese government lifted evacuation orders in areas of Namie and Iitate, radiation levels remain too high for the safe return of thousands of Japanese … Continue reading

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Evacuation orders lifted for three more Fukushima areas but residents slow to return via The Japan Times

FUKUSHIMA – Japan on Friday lifted its evacuation orders for the village of Iitate and two other areas that had been enforced due to the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station. The move came six years … Continue reading

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SIX YEARS AFTER: 4 more districts in Fukushima set to be declared safe to return to via Asahi Shimbun

Evacuation orders will be lifted shortly for four more municipalities in Fukushima Prefecture, but the prospect of residents returning to their old homes in huge numbers seems unlikely. The restrictions, in place since the immediate aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear … Continue reading

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In Japan, nowhere to go for contaminated soil via The Chicago Tribune

The Japan News/Yomiuri IITATE, Japan – Piles of black bags sit in what used to be farmland in the Hiso district of Iitate, Fukushima Prefecture, as if to block the sunlight coming through the clouds. The bags contain contaminated soil … Continue reading

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4 Years After Fukushima Nuclear Calamity, Japanese Divided on Whether to Return via The New York Times

IITATE, Japan — For four years, an eerie quiet has pervaded the clusters of farmhouses and terraced rice paddies of this mountainous village, emptied of people after the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, 25 miles away, spewed … Continue reading

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Japan and IAEA risk Fukushima victims’ lives with forced return via The Ecologist

A massive decontamination exercise is under way in Iitate Village near Fukushima, writes Kendra Ulrich: step one in a plan to force 6,000 residents back into the evacuated zone in 2017. But as radiation levels remain stubbornly high, it looks … Continue reading

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Learning the tragic lesson of Fukushima: No nuclear restart at Sendai via GreenPeace

[…] Decontamination efforts at Fukushima, which began in 2012, have proved massively expensive and hugely intensive. Thousands of workers have invested tens of thousands of hours removing soil and cleaning houses, unfortunately with very limited success. One result of the … Continue reading

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Fukushima nuclear disaster: three years on 120,000 evacuees remain uprooted via The Guardian

At a temporary housing complex in Fukushima prefecture one resident, Iiko Kanno, said she now spends her days reading, growing vegetables and counting the days until she is reunited with her grandchildren. As with many of her neighbours, Kanno’s family … Continue reading

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Gov’t team withholds high radiation data on three Fukushima sites via The Mainichi

A Cabinet Office team has delayed the release of radiation measurements from three Fukushima Prefecture municipalities, and plans to release them later with lower, recalculated results, the Mainichi learned on March 24. The three municipalities are currently covered by evacuation … Continue reading

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