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Fukushima 'falls under siege' of wild boars

12 March, 2017, 00:36 | Author: Paula Vaughn
  • Roaming, Radioactive Boars Slow Return of Japan's Nuclear Refugees

"I feel pain deep in my heart thinking about the health of those ageing year by year in the disaster zone and people who remain unable to return home due to high radiation levels".

Japan on Saturday marked the sixth anniversary of the deadly quake and tsunami that claimed over 18,000 lives, besides provoking a serious nuclear accident.

The anniversary comes as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government and electric companies are actively seeking to restart nuclear plants shut down following the disaster.

The Japanese government confirmed in February this year that it has not yet conducted any assessments of lifetime exposure risks for citizens if they were to return to Iitate. The meltdown of the nuclear plant forced thousands of residents to abandon their homes and leave their pets and livestock behind. According to January 1 statistics by Kyodo News, the number of people living in reconstruction housing in the three hardest-hit prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima was 39,664, more than the number living in temporary evacuee housing, which is about 34,000.

According to the Mirror, Japan is set to lift cordons for parts of Namie, which is located 4km from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi power plant, as well as three other towns.

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However, Japan has said that areas can be resettled if radiation drops to a level of 20 mSv per year - the same as a nuclear worker's maximum limit, the report said. These unlucky creatures that got bathed in nuclear windfall included the wild boars living in the area.

Yeah, and don't forget about those hundreds of ill-tempered, radioactive boars running around.

"After people left, they began coming down from the mountains and now they are not going back", Sakamoto explained.

As Japan prepares to lift some evacuation orders on four towns within the more than 12-mile exclusion zone around the Fukushima plant later this month, officials are struggling to clear out the contaminated boars. In the town of Tamioka, a group of 13 hunters have hunted down these wild boars using rifles, 30 cage traps, and rice flour baits. "They found a place that was comfortable".

"If we don't get rid of them and turn this into a human-led town, the situation will get even wilder and uninhabitable", Baba told Reuters. Before the 2011 disaster, boar meat was actually a delicacy in northern Japan, before they became too toxic to eat.

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