Free delivery service for daily necessities begins in Fukushima town


A town in Fukushima Prefecture has begun free delivery of daily necessities to residents in the hope that it will encourage displaced residents to return.

Hirono town was in the evacuation zone after the March 11, 2011 nuclear disaster but residents were allowed to return home last year.

However, more than 70% of residents have not returned, officials said.

The delivery service was launched on Thursday by the local chamber of commerce, NHK reported. Food and other daily necessities are delivered to residents.

Chamber officials said they think one reason why so many residents have not returned is because the number of shops and supermarkets has halved since the disaster, making it inconvenient to buy goods.

There are 13 participants, including a supermarket and wine shop, taking part in the delivery service which is available to any resident who buys items worth more than 1,000 yen.

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You couldn't pay me to live there . Honestly . . .what are they thinking ????? TEPCO has not been able to contain the radiation leakage , so who really in their right mind wants to risk exposure !

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You'd think the government would have sorted something out like this say, oh three years ago. Better late than never but good lord, get it together and help those people.

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'Get over it', as the Eagles song sang. Those people in the Chamber of Commerce (I'm a former manager of one in Canada) have the right idea - a group of business people who won't give up on their customers! I'd love to help them, but the Japanese government won't allow 60-year old professional retirees like me to emigrate. Pity.

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@TrevorPeace - Of course you are right - however, there is still too much obfuscation and uncertainty for people to feel it is safe . . .

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Lies, lies and damned supplies. How can they serve up a dose of daily safety, sanity or truth?

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Well I suppose free deliveries are a step in the right direction, but as for getting people back into the area, what has the government done to advertise the fact? also if someone DOES NOT want to go back, and there is someone who is homeless, can they have that house for free? lets face it if there is a house and its unoccupied and no one wants it or they have died, put some one in it! this might stimulate the area again.

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For goods worth more tha 1000 yen! It's all business still!!!!

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semperfi Free deliveries are known to reduce the radiation and ease the pain ,, ;)

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The decision for residents to return rests on being safe and feeling safe, the emotional turmoil combined with the physical upheaval of the disaster added to the lack of transparency surrounding ongoing efforts to contain leakage does not inspire confidence or trust.

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itsonlyrocknroll Can you blame them ,, look at the faill s by tepco from day one ,, i mean everything that could go wrong has been going wrong ,, its like the murphy s law itself . There are ongoing efforts to contain the leakge but they are not succesfull ,, even tepco admits hundreds of tons of polluted water leaking daily into the environment ,, so its not real safety but just FEELING safe as you oput it .

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It is difficult to imagine how to make decisions, to evacuate one family home, for in many ways refugee status, all so life changing that for many who have returned did so out of desperation for a return to a semblance of normal life, the majority I guess are elderly whose emotional and physical wellbeing is reliant on daily routine, plus the comforting familiarity of a close networks of friends within a orderly environment.

The economics for a diverse supply mix for the energy sector as a whole could hasten the restructuring of the entire nuclear power industry, this could present the opportunity for a commission to completely dismantle Tepco governance structure.

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The only way I would move back there if it was my home town is i would would request a Conrete home concrete reduces the levels of daily exposure since people spend most of their time at home that is what i would demand

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kaimychal That is misinforming ,, there is absolutely no way concrete or any material would limit / reduce radiation in homes . Radiation is carries by tiny particles at atomic level by isotopes . In fact most of the times homes act as collectors of those particles and indoors you will have higher levels than outdoors . It is not like a ray that you could block but its just in the air in the dust ,, and concrete has absolutely no effect on that .

Itsonl;yrocknroll It is true that these people are really being pusshed to their limitsd , and have been suffering so much since the beginning of this disaster and its understandable that they would want to go back ,, they would want to turn the clock back and go back to how it all was ,, but these are emotional decisions and they are wrong ,, people shouldnt be forced to make these choices ,, japan as a developed country should be able to provide these people with a decent life elsewhere. It is a shame that people are still suffering and being forced to go and live in contaminated areas . Its just wrong .

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