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Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Japan's tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear plant to become tourist attraction

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Despite the land and ocean around Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant being contaminated by dangerous levels of radiation, plans are being drawn up to turn the no-go zone into a tourist attraction.

Fukushima: Japan's tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear plant to become tourist attraction
Plans are being drawn up to turn Fukushima into a tourist attraction Photo: REUTERS
A group of authors, scholars, academics and architects has banded together to put forward a proposal for a new community - possibly named Fukushima Gate Village - on the edge of the exclusion zone and around 25 miles from the site of the second-worst nuclear accident in history.
They hope the new village will serve to remind future generations of the disaster of March 2011, J-Cast news reported, when the nuclear plant was destroyed by a magnitude-9 earthquake and a massive tsunami.
In addition, it is hoped the new community will provide employment for local residents, thousands of whom are still not able to return to their homes for more than a few hours.
Experts believe it may take as much as three decades for work to decommission the four reactors to be completed, as well as decontamination of large swathes of north-east Japan.
Tourists will be able to check into hotels that have been constructed to protect guests from elevated levels of radiation that are still to be found in pockets in the area. The village will also have restaurants and souvenir shops, as well as a museum dedicated to the impact the disaster has had on local people.

Dressed in protective suits and wearing respirators, tourists will be able to take photos of the shattered reactor buildings and the workers who are still trying to render the reactors safe.

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