Futaba, Fukushima facts for kids
Location of Futaba in Fukushima
|• Total||51.40 km2 (19.85 sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|Website||Town of Futaba|
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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