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The remains of a disaster prevention office building are seen in a memorial park in Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, on Feb.14. A total of 43 people in the building were swept away by a massive tsunami that followed the magnitude 9.0 earthquake on March 11, 2011. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)
Asia Insight

10 years after tsunami and Fukushima, north Japan yet to fill void

Despite $280bn effort to heal scars of March 11, 2011, many evacuees stay away

AKANE OKUTSU, Nikkei staff writer | Japan

NAMIE/ONAGAWA, Japan -- Namie, a small town that sits about 10 km from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, once boasted 25 fish processing companies. Today it has one.

It belongs to Koichi Shiba, 82, who was finally able to reopen his family-run fisheries business, Shibaei, last year. He thinks not many others will return to Namie.

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