fishing, fukushima, iwaki, relocation

Fukushima fishermen pray for disaster victims, NHK, 1/11/12

At a fishing port in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, some 100 fishermen and others observed silent prayers for the dead and missing in the March 11th disaster, exactly 10 months after the calamity on Wednesday.

These fishermen remain unable to resume work and instead have to clean debris from around the devastated port.

One of them is a man who lives in emergency housing after being evacuated from his home near the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

He said there is no telling when the seawater will be decontaminated, and he is frustrated at being unable to go to sea.

Many Fukushima fishermen are forced to stay on land because radioactive substances continue to be found in excess of government safety limits in fish caught off the prefecture.

Fukushima suffered triple disasters — the earthquake, tsunami and the ensuing nuclear accident. In addition to the 1,605 dead and 217 missing, about 156,500 residents remain evacuated in and outside the prefecture.

Many of the evacuees are expressing worry and frustration, as it remains uncertain when they can return home.

The March 11th disaster left a total of 19,294 people dead or missing, mostly in northeastern Japan.

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About liz

from the u.s., recently moved from kobe to sendai, japan, researching community-based housing recovery after disaster.

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