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Commercial fishing in Fukushima prefecture was given a green light. Fish catches are still subject to some radiation testing but no types of fish are currently banned from sale. (80)
The government has reopened a 1.5 sq mile section of Futaba, located 2.4 miles from the disaster site. The reopening was just in time to run the torch relay through that portion of the town. Futaba received some of the highest fallout from the disaster.(81)
48,000 people remained officially displaced by the 2011 disaster. The real number is likely higher due to people being removed from evacuees rolls but not returning home.(82) As the government has reopened areas that were under evacuation, people were reclassified as no longer evacuated if they chose to not return home. Others who evacuated without a mandatory order have struggled to remain classified as evacuees. The government has used this reclassification to erase the problem.(83)
The negligence trial of TEPCO executives concluded this year. All were acquitted after a tense trial where subordinates exposed the actions taken by upper management to delay needed safety upgrades at the plant. Cost and public perception appeared to be their motivating factors. The acquittal frustrated many who see Japan’s legal system as overly friendly to those in power.(84)
Photo of recently reopened section of Futaba, KYODO
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