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Just How Bad Has Fukushima Become?

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Published on Mar 11, 2013

Fukushima Now: A look at the ongoing clean-up operations at Fukushima, the site of Japan's worst nuclear disaster

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As the authorities work out how to deal with the nuclear nightmare at Fukushima, the clean-up drags on. Fearing radioactive contamination, the consequences of the disaster continue to define residents' lives.

"After the accident the situation in the plant got worse and worse, the radiation levels rose higher. To be honest, we didn't know if we could control it", admits one of the Fukushima plant workers. Outside the plant walls, the town remains deserted. "Everyone is worried about the radiation", says the mother of seven-year-old Chie. Children from the surrounding areas are not allowed to play outside and cattle have developed a new disease. The traffic lights are still working, but just about nothing else is in the ghost town. The continued fears over health risks mix with a sense of a betrayal by the government. "Japanese government policy is very strange. We have been deceived by the government and the electric company." Despite voluntary efforts to revitalise the area, it seems there is little hope of reversing the fate of this radioactive wasteland. "There has been no progress. Things have not changed."

SBS Dateline - Ref. 5737

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