National Geographic: Returning to Fukushima
This brief yet informative short piece produced by National Geographic in 2019 explores the efforts local governments are making to convince young people to move to the areas affected by the disaster. In Naraha, a town on the northeastern corner of Fukushima, officials have rebuilt a school for 300, but only 68 pupils attend. Meanwhile, local residents share what it’s like to raise a family in a place that was previously deserted due to fears of radioactivity.
Despite the government insisting that Fukushima’s border towns are stable enough to relocate to, cleanup and restoration pose a significant challenge. Mariana van Zeller weighs the viability of resettling in Fukushima against former residents’ concerns about safety and stigma.