Some residents of Fukushima village can finally return home in June


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Hmmm very concerning still, but if the poor buggers have no where else to go then not much choice.

Keep a Geiger counter handy!

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And now that they have been given the green light, any assistance they have been receiving will stop. THAT is the primary goal of the government here, make no mistake. It now becomes their choice to stay away, which makes them ineligible for said assistance.

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Usual Kyodo-food were lack of meaningful information is cause for concern.

Here's Katsurao

The population plummeted from 1,531 in 2010 to an "estimated" (whatever that means) 365 as of April 2022 which would actually be quite a lot (around 25%). If one looks at the graph, the population peaked out at 3,062 back in...1955. It had been dying off ever since.

As other commentators said, these people have nowhere else to go, hence went nowhere over the last 11 years and can only come back to square one...

As for Futaba, population (currently: zero) peaked out in 1985 (8,219) with 6,932 back in 2010.

If the place was slowly dying out, I would expect all those who could bail out to do so over the last 11 years, leaving, again, only those with no options to chose to return...

Interestingly, in Okuma, population (currently: zero) was actually increasing until 2011 (11,511).

At face-value, if people had a reason to come to Okuma (jobs, salaries, etc), I would expect the population in Okuma to have more of a "choice" to come back or not as well as having had more options to re-start somewhere else over the last 11 years.

It would be interesting to see where things stand in summer next year after the restrictions have been lifted but something tells me that Kyodo won't do much follow-up beyond next spring...

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Even if they would pay me 20 million YEN and give FREE villa to live in. I would never ever move to that area to be exposed to possible radiation or neither eat food from there.

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good luck guys.

now you have to try your best by your own power as jpn gov priorities are ...different...

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Not a big deal, couple of 100 or so aged people will move back. For the memories. Then realise no shops, no hospitals, no friends and they are stuck again. Pretty sad situation.

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Aren't these the people that were selected to return home to Fukushima as part of a test survey ?

I sincerely doubt its safe for living there yet.

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Hard to imagine what the people must be feeling right now, do they trust the decontamination work? are they just willing to live in a high risk zone? do they expect to go back to a normal life?

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Well the contaminated water is safe enough to dump in the sea, so I guess they come to the conclusion must be save to live there

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