Numbers down at Fukushima beach


Yotsukura municipal beach in Iwaki, about 40 kilometers south of the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture, opened this summer for the first time since the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster that triggered the world's worst nuclear disaster in 25 years.

Close to 14,000 people visited the beach in summer 2013, a drop from 101,000 visitors in 2010 before the disaster, according to the Iwaki city government office.

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That is strange! I can't imagine why there should have been a steep fall in visitors. If anyone has any theories, feel free to post them here.

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Is this a joke? Why anyone would go near any beach in that area is beyond me. Numbers down... Good.

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Frankly I'm amazed that as many as 14,000 people actually visited at all.

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14,000 stupid people.

And I seen the picture of those children who were playing in that water... made me sick with anger and disgust at their parents who trust their government, and the government that lies to them.

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Sad, but I wouldn't touch that prefecture and anything that comes out of it with a 100 mile pole.

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Want to bet none or very few of those 14,000 swam in the water?

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I remember when they first declared it safe, and I thought it was insane. This article, from when they reopened it 16 months after the disaster, is interesting, with pictures:

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100 years later it's going to be a beautiful beach.

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Raise your hands if you want to swim in toxic waste?

I will not be visiting Fukushima area for a long long while........

But if Xi Jinping wants to take a deep swim in those waters, please by all means swim as long as you wish........

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100 years later it's going to be a beautiful beach.

Yeah - glow in the dark!

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Lookie here and then tell me if you'd visit the beach there or any coastal area in close proximity:

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