ENVIRONMENTNEWSTECHNOLOGYFukushima Locals Return Home Disregarding Radiation

Maureen SantosJanuary 17, 201910028 min

It has been eight years since the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant and locals are returning to their homes despite the fact that the place is still contaminated.e

The radioactive fragments emitted by the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant smothered the town and rice paddies the same size as Connecticut. The disaster which occurred 150 miles north of Tokyo forced over 200,000 residents out of the district. Majority of the residents who moved presumed that they fled to save their lives.

Volunteer at Odaka, Minamisoma (Fukushima pref.), Affrected by the Tsunami of Japan Earthquake and Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant accident. (Flickr/Hajime NAKANO)

Eight years after the catastrophe, the Japanese government lifted most of the evacuation orders. Approximately 122,000 people were permitted to go back to regions where grasses engulfed parking spaces. Most of the returnees are elderly and thankful to get back to their old lives again.

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is committed to cease all emigrations by 2020, once the country accommodates the Olympic Summer Games. The baseball and softball competitions will be held in Fukushima City which is about 55 miles from the destroyed reactors.

There are still about 35,000 people who are bound to return to their homestead across northeastern Japan. However, they are hesitant and deeply-worried because of radiation. The contamination which typically leads to cancer continues to quantify at least 5 millisieverts (mSv) a year above natural background radiation. It is five-fold times the accumulated level the country had approved for the general public preceding occurrence.

Japanese evacuees at Koriyama High School gymnasium, Koryiama, Fukushima Prefecture (WikimediaCommons/Steven L. Herman)

The government started to allow evacuees to return to their homes, one town at a time since radiation levels began to decline. In May 2013, coastal communities like Minamisoma situated 25 miles north of Daiichi, started to operate business again. Ramen shops reopened and trains proceeded to their scheduled runs regardless of the scarcity of customers.

Still, in Fukushima, people are taking initiatives to help the city recover from the  2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. A group of students from different levels produces new dishes that started on Dec. 16, 2018. This will help them absorb about local agriculture to execute their own action plans to help Fukushima to recover.

Mikawadai Learning Center director Kimio Suzuki said, “I am convinced that the experiences of thinking about and taking actions to better their hometown will serve as a driving force for these children in the future.”

It was explained to the students about the noxious rumors associated with the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant meltdowns as well as local specialties including freeze-dried tofu, peaches, and gyoza or dumplings.

Gyoza from Sushi on the Run, reheated and arranged on a plate around the totally non-ornamental plastic dipping sauce cup.(Flickr/Loozrboy)

After the completion of the food project, the municipal learning center is intending to start another but similar activity where students will develop a plan to entice tourists to local celebrations and hot spring districts.

In an effort to clean up the radiation left by the past nuclear reactor meltdown, the Russian nation steps in. In September 2017, the First Deputy CEO of Rosatom, Kirill Komarov provided Japan their support to clean up the Fukushima NPP. The Russian state nuclear corporation will also deactivate other hazardous nuclear power plants. This came after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared that both nations will collaborate to clear up after the catastrophe.

IAEA experts depart Unit 4 of TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station on 17 April 2013 as part of a mission to review Japan’s plans to decommission the facility. (WikimediaCommons/Greg Webb / IAEA)

The destroyed Fukushima reactors will be deactivated and may take many years costing $200 billion. Japan is considering to resume 16 out of the 45 Fukushima-type reactors while others are going to be decommissioned. The nation proposes to decrease the share of nuclear energy from 29% in 2011 to only 21 to 22% by 2030.

Maureen Santos

She lets everyone become aware of what is happening to our beloved planet Earth and its inhabitants. She can take you beyond the space and find out how neighbor planets are doing. Moreover, she would open your eyes to the things what makes the Earth suffer including the living species and allow you to decide what you can do to help save the planet and the future generation.

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