Fukushima 'dark tourism' helps remembrance and healing

Picture expired. A visitor looks at an abandoned house in the ghost town of Namie, Japan's Fukushima Prefecture, in the aftermath of the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster AFP

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    Aly Rustom

    I want to tell people all over the world, ‘What happened to me may happen to you tomorrow’,” Yoshizawa said

    We all should help these people get their messages across by using twitter, facebook and other social media. recently al jazeera did a special on the lack of recovery as well. But it is in Japan where the message needs to be heard the most because the Abe regime is turning a blind eye to this. There has to be a concerted effort to promote more social concern for the decontamination of Tohoku, the resettlement and proper monetary compensation of the refugees, and the restart of the reactors.

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    Disillusioned

    Hey! It's not just Fukushima! I drove up the east coast last year, right up into Miyagi and ithe coastline is still very much a wasteland. It is extremely creepy and disturbing to see all the empty houses and swaths of land that were laid waste by the tsunami. I'm sure the people of north-eastern Japan are getting pretty tired of all the focus on Fukushima. There is another 300 odd kilometres of coastline that was devastated by the tsunami. It's also where most of the people were killed! There are still huge piles of cars, building materials and other debris scattered all along the coastline. Share the grief!

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    badsey3

    The volunteers take visitors through the shells of buildings left untouched as extremely high levels of radiation hamper demolition work. The guides use monitoring dosimeters to carefully avoid radiation “hotspots”.

    People joke and think radiation at Fukushima is not real or is very low, but the realities are quite harsh. = There will be little population in this area for some time and probably for good reason. Great for tourism because there is nothing like it in Japan and maybe this type of tourism will help make a few people wake up to reality.

    Dairy farmers live off the production of their cows. The animals are very valuable and they don't like to kill these animals. -And in this case it would be a total loss anyways + they need someone to mow the grass. Plus with few people around now I'm sure the companionship is welcomed.

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    TrevorPeace

    Good on you, Disillusioned. I won't list the places I've visited since the tsunami, but they're more than I can count on my fingers. But there's one young woman whose grief I'll never forget, who almost stumbled over me, on the seawall at Nobiru Beach. She lost her entire family - and watched the whole disaster - from a nearby hilltop where she went for a hike with some friends an hour before it happened. Her broken heart makes mine hurt, and the feeling won't go away. Ever.

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    Mar044

    I saw a Japanese movie from the area from back in the 90s and mad me sad how many lives lost, I can't help but think all those buildings, people gone......I don't know if I would want to see it..I just hope people respect the area and not loot it. Japanese wouldn't but tourists...thats another matter.

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