Japanese residents living nearby the destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant are relying on drones for the quick delivery of food. Locals of Minamisoma were evacuated in 2011 after the Fukushima meltdown and only allowed to return last year. Radiation concerns for the district, which is inside the 20km radius of the site, prohibited returning before July 2016. Although residents have returned, food and shop access within the town is scarce. Convenience chain Lawson has partnered with Rakuten to offer a six-month trial of drone-delivered food. The drones carry up to 2kg and can deliver hot food as well as groceries and household items.
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