Japan, 2011

Nine months have past since a tsunami hit the cost of northeastern Japan, causing a nuclear meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi. 150.000 people have been evacuated to temporary housing, schools are open, and life seems to be on its way back to normal again. But the disaster has only begun.

More than one million people still live in areas with higher radiation-levels than international standards accept. In Japan, the accepted level is 20 times higher - for political reasons. In the Watari neighborhood in Fukushima City people eat vegetables from their small farms, the authorities measure the radiation levels on a regular basis and claim it´s ok. The measurements from Greenpeace shows something completely different.

The countryside village Iitate is evacuated, but not situated inside the forbidden zone around the powerplant. Inhabitants are still allowed to go home and look after their houses, eagerly awaiting the day when they can move back home.


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