Back in the water: Fukushima no-go zone gets first surf shop since disaster

The opening of Murohara Surfboards is part of an attempt to revive the area’s reputation as a surfing hotspot after nuclear meltdown

There was a time when Shinji Murohara thought he would never again surf along the coast where he grew up.

On 11 March 2011, the waves of the Pacific that gave him his love of the sea suddenly, violently left his community in ruins. That afternoon, a massive earthquake triggered a tsunami along Japan’s north-east coast that killed almost 19,000 people, including about 600 in his home town of Minamisoma, Fukushima prefecture.

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