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Tablet PCs connect nuclear crisis evacuees of Fukushima village, kyodo, 8/8/12

A communications system went into full operation Wednesday involving the use of about 2,500 tablet personal computers to connect people who had to evacuate their village as result of the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

Some 6,100 residents of Iitate who have been living in different locations since the March 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster can now talk face-to-face online and receive news and videos of their hometown via their tablet PCs.

Among accident-affected municipalities, Iitate village is the first to utilize tablet devices, allocated to all its households, to help residents keep in touch, said the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.

About liz

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

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