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Japan:Fukushima evacuees briefly return home

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Laaska News  August 7,2011
Some evacuees in Fukushima Prefecture have briefly returned to their homes to prepare for the Bon holidays in mid-August.

One district in Kawamata Town is designated as an evacuation zone due to exposure to radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Almost all the residents of the district have left their homes.

The zone is off-limits, but the town allowed the evacuees to return to the area for 4 hours on Sunday to weed their homes and graves ahead of the Bon festival, when people pay visits to their ancestors’ graves.

Some evacuees left flowers on the graves because they do not know if they can come again during the holidays.

Yoshiichi Miura, who is 65, says it’s sad to see the district deserted and his ancestors would never have dreamed about such a situation.

He adds that he will continue to take care of the grave, even though he cannot return as often as he would like to.


Laaska News.