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Renewable Energy in Fukushima

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Fukushima Prefectural Government declared 100% renewable energy one year after the nuclear accident. It means the prefecture will produce energy by the renewables more than it consumes by 2040.  Soma IHI Green Energy Center Japanese engineering giant IHI launched the Green Energy Center in Soma City, intending to integrate solar power generation with business development. Electricity generated […]

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Reflections on an Inspiring Visit

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Last March I had the sincere privilege of touring the Fukushima exclusion zone and surrounding communities with Mr. Sasaki. He was kind enough to take time out of his very busy schedule on fairly short notice to give me a very thoughtful and candid tour of the area and for this I am deeply appreciative. […]

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Humans’ achievment

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The tour within the exclusion zone of Fukushima prefecture was a completely unique experience, put together and guided by the exceptional team of Karin and Shuzo. Staying within the exclusion zone is not allowed, but Karin operates the beautiful Lantern House located in Odaka, which was within the exclusion zone until April 2017. Odaka is […]

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Super Excellent Experience

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Around the same time last year, Aizu-Wakamatsu in Fukushima was the highlight of my Japan trip so I thought that for my trip this year, I should return again to Fukushima. The Real Fukushima website popped up during my travel research and the next thing I know is that I scored myself a private tour […]

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The Real Fukushima Tour really honours its name!

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We got to see the challenges like empty villages and areas full of bags with contaminated soil, as well as positive developments like solar energy fields and new villages with houses built by Tepco and restaurants attracting even young people. 2011: a combination of disasters My boyfriend and I live in the Netherlands and decided […]

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Catastrophe – never again

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Today, we got an amazing and impressive tour around the nuclear station and the contaminated zone. It is absolutely recommendable! But first of all let me introduce myself. My name is Max and I am a 24 years old German student, who came for a three weeks trip to Japan to visit the whole country. […]

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DRIVING WITH YUKO-SAN

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I’m in a car with Odaka resident Yuko Hirohato driving across a low lying area of her hometown. She is taking us to the place of safety she ran to on March 11th 2011 to escape the Great East Japan Earthquake tsunami, up a low hill to near where an old shrine overlooks the ocean. […]

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Sobering trip

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We had the great honor of being a guest in Minami-soma, Fukushima. We stayed with the lovely Taira-san and had the privilege of meeting Sasaki-san who taught and showed us not only about the revitalizing area but also the exclusion zone, which is still highly contaminated and not open for residency. He also showed us […]

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Bike Cat in Fukushima

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Though the cat looks scared, actually it likes biking. The cat lives in Odaka with his owner. Mr Tomie Idogawa returned his home in Odaka after 5 year evacuation. Since he doesn’t have a car, he rides bike for shopping to Odaka town center 3 km away from his home with a cat on it. […]