Fukushima One Year on

Normality was returning to places like Fukushima but the progress was very slow.

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Normality is returning to Fukushima, but with very slow progress, and one year after looking up to see a wall of water rushing toward land, a lot was lost that day but the people are refusing to lose hope, and are unable to return to the town.

Fukishima City is about 80km from the nuclear plant, but there are other towns that were closer, their produce that was grown close to the nuclear plant, well no one wants the produce now, although the certificates claim the produce is safe to eat, the name is no longer associated with the fresh crisp green produce from that region.

The land was so fertile and productive, but now resembles waste land from the worst incident in the last two decades.

Now the road leads to a checkpoint, the heavy snow and checkpoint that’s preventing traffic getting near to the Nuclear Power Station.

Police now guard the check point and let people know they are not welcome, though they let filming take place, police were worried about them being careful on the icy footpath.

Radiation was higher than normal, although confirmed safe, even at those levels it’s not worth staying there for terribly long periods.

Moving along the coastline that had been so ravaged 12 months ago, enormous piles of ruble were getting sorted into smaller piles, but the job was so big, after 7 hours of driving up the coast, signs of where the tsunami had been, the land was getting cleared and other areas where the land had been bulldozed into heaped piles.

Tourists now frequent the area taking photos, but a bus on top of a two story building captured the eye of tourists with cameras.

A lot of volunteers seemed to be working, stories of people spending large amounts of their own money assisting people and restoring some community pride and the start of rebuilding their towns.

Of the people that were taken that day, more than 3,000 remain missing and still sadness of the loss of people, there was frustration by the speed of recovery, once the areas that were thick with houses, now only a couple of buildings remained and communities that no longer existed.

There are area’s that once had a population of 2,500 and now reduced to a few hundred, the same for buildings and houses 400 down to 20, there is no industry, no work and no sign of promised reconstruction.

When a  town of 20,000 is washed away how quick can you expect to rebuild, especially with dozens, of similarly ravaged towns and communities up and down the coast.

But it is the resilience and determination of the Japanese people, and why do they stay, well there are signs of recovery and it’s the strength of the people, because the earthquake did not, the tsunami and nuclear disaster could not break them.

The weather in Fukishima was closing in and the light fading but thanks for being interested and caring.the people said.

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