Fukushima Nuclear Accident 10 Years Later : Short Wave In 2011, villages and towns around the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear plant in Japan were evacuated because of a series of meltdowns caused by a tsunami. Ten years later, some of the villages and towns are slowly reopening. Geoff Brumfiel talks with producer Kat Lonsdorf about the Fukushima nuclear accident, its lasting effects on Japan, and the future of nuclear power.

You can read and listen to more of Kat's reporting about Fukushima and Japan here.
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Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster: 10 Years Later

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Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster: 10 Years Later

Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster: 10 Years Later

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Wildlife has moved into deserted towns in Fukushima prefecture, after people evacuated due to the nuclear accident a decade ago. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Wildlife has moved into deserted towns in Fukushima prefecture, after people evacuated due to the nuclear accident a decade ago.

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In 2011, villages and towns around the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear plant in Japan were evacuated because of a series of meltdowns caused by a tsunami. Ten years later, some of the villages and towns are slowly reopening. Geoff Brumfiel talks with producer Kat Lonsdorf about the Fukushima nuclear accident, its lasting effects on Japan, and the future of nuclear power.

You can read and listen to more of Kat's reporting about Fukushima and Japan here.

This episode was produced by Thomas Lu, edited by Gisele Grayson, and Fact-checked by Rasha Aridi. The audio engineer for this episode was Alex Drewenskus.