11:00 26 March 2016
FEATURE: Nuclear crisis still hampering Fukushima reconstruction 5 years on
By Eiichiro Ishiyama
FUKUSHIMA, Japan, March 26, Kyodo
Five years after the nuclear disaster triggered by the huge earthquake and tsunami, reconstruction work has made little progress in some parts of Fukushima Prefecture. A Kyodo News reporter drove through National Route 6 northward to the crippled Fukushima Daiichi plant in the eastern Fukushima and witnessed the lingering effects of the disaster.
In the southeastern Fukushima town of Hirono, many shops and buildings remain empty. Located to the north of Hirono is the town of Naraha, most of which lies within a 20-kilometer radius of Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s radiation-leaking nuclear power plant.
Following the disaster, Hirono had to move its functions to other municipalities within the prefecture, and Naraha was designated as an evacuation zone.
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