Recovering Fukushima Fukushima was forever changed by a nuclear disaster in 2011. What does recovery mean for the region? It's an answer filled with resilience, reinvention and regret.
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Recovering Fukushima

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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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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Takayuki Ueno was set to be a runner in the now postponed Olympic torch relay in Fukushima, Japan. Here he stands in the field where he is growing a flower maze for children to play in Minamisoma, Japan. The field was flooded by the 2011 tsunami and killed Ueno's family members. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Now Postponed, The Olympic Torch Relay Was To Bring Hope To Ravaged Fukushima

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