Farmers have resumed planting rice for market only 15 kilometers from Japan’s crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
It was the first time since the March 2011 earthquake-tsunami-nuclear disaster that farmers have gone inside the former 20-kilometer “no-go” zone around the doomed plant to sow rice intended for sale.
The zone has been redefined to let people access areas where the levels of radiation from the plant have been relatively low.
[WTF DOES RELATIVELY LOW MEAN?]
Tens of thousands of people remain unable to return to their homes.
[AND YET THEY PLANT RICE TO SELL?]
The rice paddies are located in Miyakoji district where a few dozen farmers used to live before they were evacuated after the devastating quake and tsunami left the plant spewing radiation from its molten reactors.
[THAT'S REASSURING LANGUAGE]
All rice from the paddies will be checked for radioactive contamination before being shipped, said Onami.
[SURE THEY WILL] *wink........