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Work to Store Tainted Soil at Fukushima Facility Begins (News)

Fukushima (Jiji Press)—Japan's Environment Ministry started bringing tainted soil into one of the interim storage facilities for radioactive waste in Fukushima Prefecture on October 28. Work teams carry contaminated soil into the interim storage facility via covered conveyor belt on October 20, 2017, in Ōkuma, Fukushima. (© Jiji) Soil generated from work to decontaminate areas hit by fallou…
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Sake Made in Fukushima Served at Britain’s Parliament (News)

London, Oct. 18 (Jiji Press)—A reception was held on Tuesday night at London's Palace of Westminster to serve sake made in Fukushima Prefecture and show the area's recovery from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that hit the Tōhoku region of northeastern Japan. The reception venue was filled with fruity and gorgeous aroma of sake from six breweries in the prefecture, including Daishichi Sak…
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EU to Relax Import Restrictions on Japanese Food (News)

Brussels, Sept. 26 (Jiji Press)—The European Union plans to ease its import restrictions imposed on Japanese foodstuffs following the 2011 nuclear accident in Fukushima Prefecture, informed sources said Tuesday. The EU plans to exempt rice produced in Fukushima and some other items from a total of 10 prefectures from extra checks for radioactive contamination, the sources said. A final deci…
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Major Fukushima Beach Reopens After Seven Years (News)

Iwaki, Fukushima Pref., July 15 (Jiji Press)—Usuiso Beach in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, reopened Saturday to bathers for the first time in seven years. The last time the bathing area was open to beachgoers was in the summer of 2010, before the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami and the subsequent nuclear accident. High-schoolers test the waters in Iwaki, Fukushima, after performing a hula dan…
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Even as Evacuation Orders are Lifted, Recovery Remains Distant Prospect for Many Fukushima ResidentsSuzuki Hiroshi

Six years after the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, the government has lifted evacuation orders on four municipalities around the plant, allowing residents to return home for the first time since the meltdowns. The author, who has been involved in reconstruction planning since the evacuation orders were first given, calls for a multiple-track plan to meet the complicated needs of those who return and evacuees who continue to live elsewhere as evacuees.
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Japan Minister to Resign over March 2011 Disaster Gaffe (News)

Tokyo, April 25 (Jiji Press)—Japanese postdisaster reconstruction minister Imamura Masahiro decided Tuesday to resign to take responsibility for a gaffe he made the same day over the March 2011 massive earthquake and tsunami that mainly hit the Tōhoku northeastern region of the country. His resignation would effectively be a dismissal by Prime Minister Abe Shinzō, who is trying to minimize the …
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Famed Cherry Tree Lane Blooms in Abandoned Fukushima District (Japan in Photos)

A famous stretch of cherry blossoms blooms in an abandoned district of Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture, 7 kilometers from the stricken Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. The photograph was taken by a drone flying over the off-limits area on April 12, 2017. (© Jiji)
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Japan Lifts Evacuation Orders for Three Fukushima Areas (News)

Fukushima, March 31 (Jiji Press)—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 Daiichi nuclear power station in northeastern Japan. The move came six years after Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s power station suffered meltdowns after the huge earthquake and tsunami in Mar…
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Venerable Blossoms: Miharu Takizakura in FukushimaTakahashi Hiroshi

In the central Fukushima town of Miharu stands the 1,000-year-old Takizakura, or “waterfall cherry,” whose drooping branches seem to send rivers of pink blossoms flowing toward the ground each spring. The largest shidarezakura (weeping cherry) in the country is considered one of the “three great cherry trees” of Japan.
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Schools Near Fukushima N-Plant Hold Last Graduation Ceremonies (News)

Iwaki, Fukushima Pref., March 1 (Jiji Press)—Five high schools located near Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s disaster-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant held their respective last graduation ceremonies on Wednesday before their planned closures in April. The 11 seniors from Futaba High School stand at attention at their graduation ceremony in Iwaki, Fukushima, on March 1. (© Jiji) Parents a…
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