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7 Years On: Fukushima Aims to Lure Young People with New Industries

Fukushima, March 9 (Jiji Press)–Fukushima Prefecture aims to attract young people with new industries that will help realize a society without dependence on nuclear power, Masao Uchibori, governor of the northeastern Japan prefecture, said in an interview.
Some 50,000 Fukushima residents remain evacuees seven years after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami and the subsequent triple meltdown at Tokyo Electric Power Holding Inc.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
“By eventually reviving areas where still entry is basically prohibited due to high radiation levels near the plant, I want to make Fukushima a home where residents can live with a smile,” the governor said.
“The prefecture has been aggressively introducing renewable energy in order to become a society that doesn’t depend on nuclear power,” he added.
On the situation in which the population of Fukushima, particularly in the severely afflicted coastal region, is declining fast, Uchibori said he aims to raise the prefecture’s fertility rate to at least 2.0.

March 14, 2018 - Posted by | Fukushima 2018 |

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