“The nuclear plant took everything…” Kenichi Hasegawa was the local leader of Maeta District of Iitate Village, where even today mountains of bags of contaminated soil stand out. “The nuclear plant took everything. There used to be children here. When the kids were still here, we went to the hills together all the time. We picked many things, taught them all about it, it was natural. We can't do anything like that any more. I mean, even the children are no longer here,” he says.
Nine years have passed since the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Many people are still suffering.
What did we learn from that disaster?
As we approach the 10th anniversary of the disaster, we need to look back at what happened, ask what is happening now, and think about energy and the future.
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Containers filled with contaminated soil from Iitate Village (Fukushima, 2017)
Current status of contaminated water
Mountains of contaminated soil.
What is the cost of the nuclear accident?
Renewable energy supplied 17% of Japan's electricity in 2017. CO2 emissions are dropping due to energy conservation and renewable energy.
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