Over eight years have passed since the Fukushima nuclear crisis began. In 2017, evacuation orders were lifted from “evacuation order cancellation preparation zones” and “restricted residence zones.” The evacuation orders had applied to about 81,000 residents in eleven municipalities that were evacuated shortly after the accident, and in 2017 they were lifted in about 70% of the areas affected.
However, the lifting of evacuation orders does not necessarily mean that evacuees are returning, even now. People who have returned and evacuees still remaining away are both facing a harsh reality with the loss of family bonds, financial difficulties, and a lack of social protections. The Government of Japan is currently promoting the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics as a symbol of successful “reconstruction,” but the real damage and impacts of the nuclear disaster are often concealed.
This FoE Japan report looks at the situation facing people affected by the nuclear disaster, provides a compendium of related news stories, and also sheds a light on Japan’s energy policies and citizen-based efforts to move toward a sustainable energy future.
For more information contact:
Ayumi Fukakusa, Friends of the Earth Japan
Friends of the Earth Japan is currently working to raise three million yen to continue tracking and reporting on the impacts of this nuclear disaster, and support the affected communities. Please inquire to firstname.lastname@example.org about how to support our efforts.