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Thursday, 8 March 2018

7 years after 3/11: Families with kids trickle back to Fukushima Pref.

Many families with small children have not returned to municipalities in Fukushima Prefecture that were affected by the 2011 nuclear accident at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, a Yomiuri Shimbun survey has found.
According to the survey, next fiscal year, a total of 531 children will attend public elementary and junior high schools in nine municipalities — five in which public schools will resume operating in April and four in which schools have already resumed operating following the lifting of evacuation directives. This is only 8.6 percent of the total number of children who had been enrolled at public schools in these nine municipalities before the nuclear accident. The survey shed light on the situation, finding that many families with small children have been slow to return to their hometowns as they have already established their lives in the places to which they evacuated, such as by finding employment.
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