Fukushima, the seeds of renewal

I travelled to Fukushima in May 2016, five years after the tsunami and earthquake that hit Japan on the 11th of March causing the death of over 20,000 people and the most severe nuclear accident since Chernobyl. I visited a number of localities, including some on the edge of the exclusion zone, a no-go area within a 20 kilometre radius of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, and spoke to many residents, some of whom had only recently returned to their hometowns after the lifting of government evacuation orders. In particular, I visited farmers and business owners keen to promote local products in a bid to transform Fukushima’s image and allow it to emerge from the ashes of the disaster.

I produced Fukushima, planting the seeds of renewal, a written reportage and short documentary, in English and Italian, on behalf of sustainability media network LifeGate based on the interviews.

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