As a result of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident several tens of thousands of square kilometers in Fukushima prefecture and wider Japan were contaminated with significant radioactive cesium and other radionuclides. Decontamination programs were launched in 2012 on the basis that doing so would contribute to the reduction of radiation levels and thereby permit the lifting of evacuation orders for tens of thousands of evacuated citizens. The original government cost estimate of 4 trillion yen for decontamination, was revised in 2016 to 6 trillion yen; however, independent assessments have estimated that the total cost could reach 30 trillion yen. In addition to the ever rising costs, the decontamination of towns, farmland and roadside across Fukushima during the last five years, has generated vast amounts of nuclear waste. It’s important to clarify that most of the landmass of Fukushima prefecture most heavily contaminated has not been decontaminated.
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“Yum.” That was foreign secretary Boris Johnson’s verdict on a can of peach juice from Fukushima – a gift from his Japanese counterpart, Taro Kono – during their meeting in London this week. The moment, captured by Kono on his smartphone, was intended to prove that food and drink from Fukushima is safe, almost seven years after the triple nuclear meltdown. While some countries have maintained restrictions on food from the region – a major producer of peaches – the EU said this month it would ease import restrictions on agricultural items and seafood that were introduced after the March 2011 disaster. More than 50 countries and regions imposed import curbs on Japanese produce after the disaster, and about half – including China and the US – still have them in place.
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