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Farming in Fukushima a decade on from region’s nuclear meltdown

“A lot of sparrows would come eat the rice. We fly kites instead of use scarecrows. Rice from this area has the highest rating, and it tastes great…”

This video takes us to Japan’s Fukushima prefecture, 10 years after the area suffered a nuclear disaster comparable only to the one at Chernobyl in 1986, to learn how the region’s farmers are still trying to bounce back.

The damage to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Ōkuma in 2011, caused by the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the country that year, and the region’s subsequent radioactive contamination, forced the Japanese government to declare an evacuation zone around the plant.

Several months later, officials announced that although the areas nearest the nuclear meltdown were still off limits, areas near the 20km radial safe zone could start seeing a return of the close to 47,000 residents that had been evacuated.

View the original video here.

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