‘There is hope here’: Fukushima turns to tourism after nuclear meltdown

The region may forever be associated with catastrophe, but some residents want the world to know that life goes on

Even now, almost eight years after a deadly earthquake and tsunami triggered a meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the disaster’s physical legacy is impossible to avoid.

The shells of gutted homes stand in barren rice paddies that lay in the path of waves that killed more than 18,000 people across three prefectures in north-east Japan – including 1,600 in Fukushima – on the afternoon of 11 March 2011.

The idea that because this is Fukushima it must be dangerous is completely wrong,

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