Six Years On, Fukushima's Cleanup Looks Harder Than Ever

Six Years On, Fukushima's Cleanup Looks Harder Than Ever

More than 120,000 people remain in evacuation following the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Fukushima nuclear disaster, even after the passage of six years.

After people deserted the towns, wild boars emerged from local forests to scavenge for food and, according to local media, have flourished.

The animals have been gorging themselves on plants contaminated with radioactive elements from the disaster site, prompting a government ban on eating them.

Japan plans to lift evacuation orders on four towns near the Fukushima plant, but officials will have to hunt the boars down before it can be considered safe for people to return to their homes, The New York Times noted.

The newswire says some boars have even attacked humans, leading to their being picked off by professional hunters.

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Like a scene from Japanese animation Spirited Away, wild boars have run over the deserted towns in Fukushima after it was abandoned by residents in the aftermath of the devastating 2011 natural disaster.

The boars, aside from their brazen behavior, aren't likely to pose a threat to Namie's returning residents-that is, unless residents start to eat them (wild boar meat is quite popular in Japan). A government survey that was taken in 2016 reportedly found that over half the former residents won't come back out of fear of being radiated by the plant (which will take 40 years to fully deconstruct).

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"My heart hurts deeply, especially when I think of the health of victims who age every year as their lives under evacuation become long term and those who still can't return to their homes because of high radiation", Prince Akishino said.

"Many may be forced to return to contaminated communities against their wishes because they can not afford to stay where they are now living".

As a "voluntary" evacuee, Noriko Matsumoto is among those who will have their subsidies withdrawn at the end of this month, forcing them to make a near-impossible choice: move back to homes they believe are unsafe, or face financial hardship as they struggle on living in nuclear limbo.

Yeah, and don't forget about those hundreds of ill-tempered, radioactive boars running around.

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