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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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Flooding Prevention Steps Insufficient at 10 Nuclear Facilities in Japan (News)

Tokyo, Feb. 8 (Jiji Press)—Measures against flooding are insufficient at 10 nuclear power facilities in Japan, mainly at connecting sections, investigations by their operators have revealed. The investigation results were reported at Wednesday's regular meeting of the Nuclear Regulation Authority. Among the 10 are Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power …
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Interview: Violinist Gitlis Sees Need for Education After Nuclear Disaster (News)

Paris, Jan. 26 (Jiji Press)—Globally renowned violinist Ivry Gitlis, who has close ties to areas of Japan devastated by the March 2011 disaster, has emphasized the role of education for the next generation to overcome the risks of nuclear power. In a recent interview with Jiji Press in French, Gitlis described the nuclear accident at Tokyo Electric Power Company's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plan…
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Fukushima Cleanup Estimate Doubles to ¥21.5 Trillion (News)

Tokyo, Dec. 9 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese industry ministry said Friday that it has doubled its estimate for costs related to the 2011 meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to ¥21.5 trillion from some ¥11 trillion. The costs include ¥8 trillion for decommissioning, up from ¥2 trillion, ¥7.9 trillion for compensation, up from ¥5.4 trillion, ¥4 trillion for decontamination, up from …
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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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