Tokyo beach is connected to Fukushima tragedy

Written by By Staff Writer The Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant is located on the Pacific coast just west of Tokyo, which makes it a relatively unknown part of Japan . Known to…

Tokyo beach is connected to Fukushima tragedy

Written by By Staff Writer

The Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant is located on the Pacific coast just west of Tokyo, which makes it a relatively unknown part of Japan . Known to visitors only as a small fishing port and the site of an important fishing port long before the nuclear plant, it is now, however, a focal point of concern due to the radioactive contamination.

Large infrastructure projects and the ongoing cleanup of the area have concentrated attention on the sites around the plant, most recently in the run-up to the 25th anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated parts of the nation. The cleanup is expected to take decades.

For Japanese photographer Shinichi Honma, however, the vivid experience of his visit to the region provided a unique and emotional — and, of course, photo — experience.

“After the disaster, many citizens decided to donate money to the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant,” Honma told CNN. “That was a fascinating aspect of the situation that makes it interesting to document. When I arrived at the plant site, there were so many national and international visitors at the Fukushima No. 1 Plant that sometimes it was hard to find my way.”

Three years after the disaster, six pools of melted uranium fuel rods remain at the plant and are posing a significant threat. Nonetheless, the region has seen a flood of wildlife and explorers since then.

Honma said he took more than 30 pictures at the site. “The best photo shows a wide angle of the plant with the ocean in the background — that’s very emotional and powerful,” he said.

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