Hundreds of radioactive wild boars are roaming through Japan

Hundreds of radioactive wild boars are roaming through Japan

Hundreds of radioactive wild boars are roaming through Japan

Company President Naomi Hirose bowed his head for a moment of silence at 2.46 p.m., the time the disaster struck, before a group of about 700 employees gathered at the company's new administration building that opened a year ago on the site of its crippled power station in Fukushima.

After the disaster, hundreds of wild boars descended onto previously populated areas of Fukushima, arriving from the nearby forests and hills.

Japan paused yesterday to mark six years since a deadly quake, tsunami and nuclear disaster devastated its north-eastern coast, as more than 100,000 people remain unable or unwilling to return home.

The massive flow of water overwhelmed cooling systems at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, causing meltdowns in three reactors in the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986.

Since April previous year, over 300 boars have been killed.

This development would seem to present a great problem, as Japan is prepared to lift the evacuation orders they placed upon four towns within 12 miles of the now defunct plant.

After people left, their ecosystem changed.

"They began coming down from the mountains and now they're not going back", hunter Shoichi Sakamoto told the BBC.

She is one of the so-called "volunteer evacuees" from the nuclear disaster, so called because they were not ordered out of their homes by the national government and forced to find other accommodations considerably farther away from the plant.

"The vast majority of Japan's nuclear reactors remain idle six years after the Fukushima disaster".

There is widespread worry about the long-term health effects of the nuclear disaster but no deaths have been caused by the accident, no cases of radiation sickness have been recorded and a survey of Fukushima residents found cancer cases were not linked. "But rather than learn from the Fukushima disaster, Abe is pushing to restart reactors - a policy that will lock his country into a risky, dirty energy path for decades to come", said Yoneda. While contamination is ongoing. The area of land under evacuation orders has fallen to around 30 percent of what it originally was, but only about 8 percent of those who had lived in areas with their evacuation orders lifted are expected to return. Because many will lose their housing subsidies if they do not return, even though they still have concerns.

But radiation does not spread in neat circles drawn by governments on the map.

This year will be the first time that some of the more heavily contaminated areas within the exclusion zone, known collectively as Area 1 and 2, are being opened up for resettlement. We feel like we've been abandoned by our government.

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