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The Disaster

  • Near route 6

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    Barricades stand in front of homes and businesses in the "difficult-to-return zone," and the town looks as if time has frozen.

  • Tomioka Town, Yonomori District

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    There is a division between the area where the evacuation order has been lifted and the "difficult-to-return zone." Famous for its cherry blossoms, 80% of the 2.5km stretch of cherry tree-lined road is still designated as a difficult-to-return zone today.

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  • Flexible container bags filled with contaminated soil

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    Black flexible container bags are filled with soil and vegetation generated by decontamination. These temporary storage sites are still scattered throughout the prefecture. The jarring site of black flexible container bags against the beautiful scenery makes you really feel the impact of the nuclear accident.

  • Tsunami-affected road(Namie Town)

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    The tsunami's rip current caused a great shift in the road's center line toward the sea. It is visual evidence of the magnitude of the rip current's destructive force.

  • Ukedo Elementary School (Namie Town)

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    The school stands 200 m from the coast and 6 km from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Although the tsunami immersed the entire first floor and the school was partially destroyed, the split second decision-making and evacuation of the teachers and students prevented any victims.

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Community Revival

  • J Village (Naraha Town & Hirono Town)

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    Japan's first national soccer training center. It was also used for the Japanese national team's training camp. Directly after the earthquake and disaster it was used as the base of operations for dealing with the nuclear accident, but in July 2018 it became partially operational again. They are working toward fully reopening the facilities in April 2019.

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  • Iitate Village

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    This village rich with natural scenery spreads across the plains of the northern portion of the Abukuma Mountain Range. Prior to the disaster, agriculture and livestock thrived here. They developed their own unique varieties of potatoes and pumpkins and raised cattle for beef, branding it with the Iitate name. In March 2017, the evacuation order was partially lifted and exchange facilities and a photovoltaic power station have been opened. Iitate Village uses the word "madei," which means "thoughtfully" and "wholeheartedly" in the local dialect, as its slogan while it makes solid progress on a daily basis.

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  • Ukedo Fishing Port (Namie Town)

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    Stricken by the tsunami, the fishing boats in the Mano River were moored in accordance with the evacuation order due to the nuclear accident, but in February 2017, the pier was partially restored and a portion of the fishing boats returned to the Ukedo fishing port for the first time in six years.

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Industry Revival

  • Fukushima Prefectural Centre for Environment Creation (Miharu Town)

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    The exchange building (Commutan Fukushima) has a variety of experiential content for learning about Fukushima Prefecture's environment and radiation. The Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) and the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) conduct the latest research on environmental restoration and creation after the nuclear accident, in the research building.

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  • Archive Base Facility (Futaba Town) *Scheduled for completion in 2020

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    This is a facility that tells the history and lessons within Japan and overseas of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Nuclear Accident and the efforts toward reconstruction. On the adjacent land, a reconstruction memorial park and Futaba Town's reconstruction industrial base have been established in the hopes of increasing the number of visitors.

  • Fukushima Robot Test Field (Minamisoma City & Namie Town)

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    This is a major R&D center capable of conducting research and development, verification testing, performance evaluations, and maneuver training in a demonstration field that simulates the actual environment where robots are used to handle logistics and infrastructure inspections and large-scale disasters.

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  • Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Fukushima Revitalization Headquarters

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    This electric company is the main supplier of electricity to the Tokyo metropolitan area. Currently, they are promoting reactor decomissioning research on a daily basis using the world's most cutting edge technology. After the earthquake, they have enhanced their activities to fulfill their responsibility to reconstruct Fukushima in a broad range of areas, from compensation to decontamination and new town development as a result of the damage from the radioactive materials released. Efforts are being made to disseminate correct information, such as disclosing the radiation dose and allowing inspections of the accident site, the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

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