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Seeking Peach Immortality in Fukushima

A Fukushima orchard has succeeded in growing peaches with almost 50% higher sugar content than the sweetest peaches on record. We visited with proprietor Furuyama Kōji, one of a group of young producers who are changing the face of agriculture in Japan.
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Powerful Quake Strikes Fukushima, Causing Tsunami (News)

Tokyo, Nov. 22 (Jiji Press)—A powerful earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 7.4 struck Fukushima and other prefectures in eastern Japan Tuesday morning, causing tsunami in a wide area of the country's Pacific coast. It produced shaking of lower 5 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale in Fukushima, Ibaraki, and Tochigi Prefectures. Nakamura Kōji, senior coordinator for seismological info…
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Farm-to-Table in Fukushima: Local Chef Serves up Fresh-Picked Treasures

Chef Hagi Harutomo has received regional, national, and international recognition for his creative cooking spotlighting luscious fresh-picked heirloom vegetables and other agricultural products from Fukushima Prefecture. We visited him at his French restaurant in Iwaki, where he offers the ultimate farm-to-table dining experience to no more than one party per day.
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One Man and His Cats in Fukushima (Photos)Ota Yasusuke (Photographs)

Matsumura Naoto has been looking after all kinds of abandoned animals in Fukushima since residents evacuated following the disaster of March 11, 2011. In 2013, he adopted two kittens that have become his constant companions. Photographer Ota Yasusuke captures their everyday antics in a series of lively images.
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Telling the Story of FukushimaWinifred Bird

Five years after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami touched off a triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the disaster is no longer just a current event—it is also a part of Japan’s history. But how should that history be told? Government and civil society groups have different answers, and they are starting to emerge in a battle of museums.
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The State of Recovery in Tōhoku’s Disaster-Stricken Areas

A look at current data on rebuilding efforts in Tōhoku and radiation monitoring and decontamination efforts in Fukushima Prefecture shows the extent of recovery five years after the Great East Japan Earthquake.
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Time to Stop Nursing the Nuclear Power IndustryYoshioka Hitoshi

The resumption of commercial operations at a nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture last September might seem to bode well for the comeback of nuclear energy in Japan after the nationwide shutdown precipitated by the 2011 Fukushima meltdown. But the author argues that the government’s policy of “long-term nursing care” for an unsustainable industry is merely delaying the inevitable while exposing the nation to unacceptable risks.
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No Way Home: The Inescapable Plight of One Fukushima CommunityTom Gill

The story of Nagadoro, a small hamlet in the Fukushima nuclear disaster zone, offers a hint to the fate of the area’s other displaced communities.
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I Am FukushimaKainuma Hiroshi

People are all too prone to attribute Fukushima Prefecture’s post-3/11 problems to a uniquely “Fukushima” set of circumstances. But on closer observation we find that some of Fukushima’s most serious problems stem from issues that are nationwide in scope. Addressing these problems effectively will hinge on approaching them from a national perspective.
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Good Heir Days: Prince William’s Soft Power a Big Hit in JapanDavid McMahon

The United Kingdom’s Prince William—the Duke of Cambridge, second in line to his country’s throne—was in Japan from February 26 to March 1 on a whistle-stop tour that was equal parts tradition and technology, celebrities and civilians. It was a state visit that for many sparked memories of another nearly 30 years ago, when William’s parents Charles and Diana, then Prince and Princess of Wales, …
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