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Futaba Town Hall
Futaba Town Hall
Flag of Futaba
Official seal of Futaba
Location of Futaba in Fukushima Prefecture
Location of Futaba in Fukushima Prefecture
Futaba is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Fukushima
District Futaba
 • Total 51.42 km2 (19.85 sq mi)
 (1 October 2017)
 • Total 0
 • Density 0/km2 (0/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
City symbols  
• Tree Melia azedarach
• Flower Sakura
• Bird Green pheasant
Phone number 0246-84-5200
Address Shinzan Maeoki 28, Futaba-machi, Futaba-gun, Fukushima-ken 979-1495

Futaba (双葉町, Futaba-machi) is an abandoned Japanese town in Fukushima Prefecture on the island of Honshu.


The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant was built in Futaba.

The area was evacuated because of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011.

In 2013, the future is uncertain for the people of Futuba. According to the town's spokesman,

"Futaba evacuees are so worried, because the government has not come up with a plan for the town yet, especially regarding compensation and housing. People don’t realize what it means for people to lose their hometown. It took several hundred years to create Futaba, yet it does not exist anymore. It’s all gone. Even if the level of radiation decreases in the future, we cannot go back to the town anymore, and if we merge with another municipality like Iwaki in Fukushima Prefecture, it would mean borrowing the institutions that city already has."

The people who used to live in Futuba are called "nuclear refugees".

People from Futaba

  • Kazunari Watanabe (渡邉 一成)), Olympic cyclist


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