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Fukushima: An Open Town

The meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant forced more than 20,000 people to flee their homes, most never to return again. Hundreds have died from what is officially called "evacuation stress," essentially a crippling depression caused by a broken heart that longed for home. In months following the disaster a 20km exclusion zone enveloped the stricken reactors creating a no go zone that many thought would never be habitable again.

But, 7 years on the situation in the exclusion zone is complex and nuanced. Some towns have reopened and the people who once used to live there have come back. Other towns have opened in part and others remain behind the gates of exclusion without much hope ever of being free from radiation again creating a patchwork of habitable and deserted.

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