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Japan’s Fukushima: long, risky work in progress

FUKUSHIMA — The journey to Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is littered with reminders of the havoc the triple meltdown has wrought on the lives of tens of thousands of people, now scattered across the prefecture and the rest of the country.

Japan: Homecoming at 'hotspots' despite radiation

KAWAUCHI, Japan — Several hundred residents forced out by the Fukushima nuclear meltdown have made a nervous first return to their homes here in Kawauchi. Radiation, while still elevated, has dropped to levels Japan considers safe. A handful of children were welcomed back to school with an emotional ceremony, and the mayor praised their courage. "You have had a tough time as refugees, but now you can concentrate on the things that matter, like school and home," he said. Many others, however, remain unconvinced that the village is safe.
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