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Japan Nuclear Emergency (2011)

Can towns near Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant recover?

A few signs of life are returning to this rural town made desolate by the Fukushima nuclear disaster four-and-a-half years ago: Carpenters bang on houses, an occasional delivery truck drives by and a noodle shop has opened to serve employees who have returned to Naraha's small town hall. But weeds cover the now rusty train tracks, there are no sounds of children and wild boars still roam around at night. On the outskirts of town, thousands of black industrial storage bags containing radiation-contaminated soil and debris stretch out across barren fields. This past weekend, Naraha became the first of seven towns that had been entirely evacuated to reopen since the March 11, 2011,...