Fukushima’s Future

On the first day of our trip, we were very fortunate to meet with an official of Fukushima Prefecture and learn about the current situation and the future of the Prefectural. It has almost been 2 years since the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The disaster had caused great damage to many sectors of the Prefecture. Even after 2 years of working to recover from the disaster, Fukushima prefecture had to bear a bad reputation in its name. This might largely due to the misconception that the whole Fukushima prefecture was contaminated with radiation from the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Fukushima prefecture has an area of almost 14,000 km2, while the highly contaminated area is only 20km radius around the nuclear power plant.


A group photo of us and the officials of Fukushima Prefecture

Nevertheless, Fukushima prefecture is working hard to recover the contaminated area and rebuild their reputation. They have many projects planned to restore the area. One worth noticing project is the promoting of renewable energy for the prefecture. They aimed to be completely independent of nuclear power and rely entirely on renewable energy source by 2040. I’m looking forward to hear more updates on this project in the next few years.

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