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A waiter cleans a table this month after closing in St. Germain-en-Laye, west of Paris, to comply with COVID-19 restrictions forcing restaurants in the French capital to close. France has imposed a nighttime curfew in Paris and other major cities to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Michel Euler/AP hide caption

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A PG&E contractor works on utility poles along Highway 128 near Geyserville, Calif., on October 31, 2019. The utility is shutting off power for hundreds of thousands in an effort to not spark wildfires. Philip Pacheco/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Cosmos Karaoke is a lively karaoke bar in the middle of Namie, a small city that is slowly reopening after the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident devastated the area. Minza Lee (right) is the driving force behind the bar. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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A Karaoke Bar Is Helping A Japanese Town Come Back To Life After Fukushima Disaster

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Tomoko stands at the inn in Fukushima prefecture that has been in her family for generations. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Fukushima Has Turned These Grandparents Into Avid Radiation Testers

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A macaque monkey in a tree in Fukushima prefecture. After the 2011 nuclear disaster, towns and neighborhoods in Fukushima were left devoid of humans for years, and nature started to reclaim the space. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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In Rural Fukushima, 'The Border Between Monkeys And Humans Has Blurred'

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How The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Affected The Energy Industry In Japan

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Chiyomi Endo stands beside her husband's grave. "Remember that this family evacuated Futaba town, Fukushima prefecture," the stone reads, "and moved here due to the nuclear accident following the Great East Japan Earthquake that occurred on March 11, 2011." Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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After 2011 Disaster, Fukushima Embraced Solar Power. The Rest Of Japan Has Not

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How 2 Towns That Host Fukushima Power Plant Recover After 2011 Nuclear Disaster

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What Recovery Looks Like In Japan Almost A Decade After Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

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JaBarie Anderson has led more than a hundred haircuts via Zoom in the last few weeks. Kat Lonsdorf/NPR hide caption

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Make That At-Home Trim A Little Less Hairy With A Virtual Salon Visit

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The ancient Takizakura cherry tree, in Miharu, Japan, in March, just days before bursting into bloom. A pathway for tourists at the base of the tree will see less use this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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'A Reminder That Nature Is Strong': In Japan, A 1,000-Year-Old Cherry Tree Blooms

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Following the arrival in New York City of the U.S. Naval hospital ship Comfort, N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is seen during a press conference on March 30 at the field hospital site at the Javits Center. Albin Lohr-Jones/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

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