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Fukushima Anniversary

11 years after meltdown, Fukushima towns to welcome back residents

Over 38,000 remain displaced from 2011 earthquake and tsunami

Housing complexes are being built in the town of Futaba, which will be decontaminated and reopened to residents. The Fukushima plant can be seen on the horizon. (Photo by Konosuke Urata)

TOKYO -- Eleven years after a major earthquake and tsunami triggered meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, Japan will reopen part of the surrounding area to residents starting this spring as a new hub for the region's revival.

The government considers the five years that began in April 2021 as the "second phase" of recovery efforts in northeastern Japan's Fukushima Prefecture. But with costs ballooning and tens of thousands still unable to return home, rebuilding communities there remains an uphill battle.

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