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Disaster in Fukushima ongoing

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Added On March 8, 2018

 
Fukushima Governor said Wednesday the complex disaster situation in Fukushima prefecture is still ongoing.
 
Fukushima Governor Masao Uchibori made the remarks during a press conference held in Japan’s Foreign Press Center in Tokyo.
 
He said complex disaster in Fukushimais is not something of the past, but is still ongoing.
 
He used the word ‘shadow’ to describe the still harsh circumstances and the word ‘light’ to describe the developments of the area in the past several years. 
    
SOUNDBITE: MASAO UCHIBORI, Fukushima Governor
"Ever since March 2011, Fukushima has been under the complex disasters, including earthquakes, tsunamis, the nuclear power plant accident and the damages due to the negative reputation. We have been suffering all these consequences from all these disasters."  
 
Uchibori said Fukushima still has approximately 50,000 evacuees, with about 34,000 of them seeking shelters outside the prefecture. 
 
Population has dramatically decreased about 14800 people in Fukushima. 
 
SOUNDBITE: MASAO UCHIBORI, Fukushima Governor
"More importantly, it's been 7 years since the accident. For example people have evacuated to other cities, they have already acquired houses there and they have their children going to schools in the local communities. They even have employment there as well. So their lives have already taken root in the community. For them, it’s rather difficult to go back."
 
Japan expects to start the retrieval of fuel debris from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in 2021. Cleaning up the nuclear plant is expected to take 30 to 40 years.