Fukushima, March 3 (Jiji Press)–The outlook for Fukushima Prefecture’s revival is particularly gloomy as the northeastern Japan prefecture suffers not only from damage from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami but from the impact of the nuclear crisis.
About 70 pct of businesses located between 20 and 30 kilometers from Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant have already resumed their operations.
But the situation is totally different for those that have evacuated from the 20-kilometer no-entry zone around the plant. These businesses “are far from being restored,” says an official of a local commerce and industry society.
Similarly, the future of local agriculture and fisheries remains highly uncertain due to radioactive contamination and a radiation scare.
About 25 kilometers from the nuclear plant, Marusan Paper Mfg. Co. resumed its operations at its head office in the Haramachi district of Minamisoma in June last year, when much of the district was still subject to a government order for residents to prepare for possible immediate evacuation.