Japan has poured billions of dollars into recovery from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. NPR discusses what the recovery looks like nearly a decade after it happened. The Japanese government has poured billions of dollars into cleanup there and started to reopen some towns. But it’s very far from normal. Very few people have come back – less than 15%, and that’s probably generous. And there are still accordion gates up everywhere to keep the public out of the areas where the radiation levels are still high. And if you peek through those gates, you see just a lot of crumbling buildings and rotting houses. And also, nature has taken over the space ’cause people were gone for years. So plants are overgrowing everything, and there’s wild boar running in the street. Monkeys have taken over neighborhoods. It is not the same place that people left.
NPR 7th Sept 2020 read more »