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Back to Fukushima. Former residents weigh up returning to nuclear ghost town of Okuma

RT Documentary • December 12, 2019

In March 2011, an earthquake hit Japan, setting off a tsunami that caused an accident at the Daiichi nuclear power station in Fukushima prefecture. Radioactive contamination settled on the surrounding area, and the authorities decided to evacuate the population living within a 20km radius around the power station.

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Eight years later, inhabitants of the town closest to the nuclear disaster, Okuma, were allowed to move back to some of its territory. RTD takes a bittersweet tour of the nuclear ghost town with former residents considering whether to return to their hometown, and meets those who have already moved into new homes built in a less-contaminated part of town. Torn between loyalty to their roots and the desire to build a future for themselves, the people of Fukushima now have an agonising choice to make.

February 17, 2020 - Posted by | Environmentalism, Nuclear Power | ,


  1. Good, pertinent, essential post…thank you. Great work by RT! — I speak enough Japanese to appreciate the lady/men narrators’ informal and colloquial speech (w/the gracious aid of subtitles!)…poignant. The emotional, physical, social and economic impacts of this tragedy are truly incalculable at individual/town/prefecture/central government levels. Fault/blame all ’round, I suppose…including God.


    Comment by roberthstiver | February 17, 2020 | Reply

    • I’m left thinking they wished they had a coal fired plant next door instead.

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      Comment by aletho | February 17, 2020 | Reply

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