How Japan Is Responding To Fukushima Five Years Later (HBO)

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced plans to clean up Fukushima, the site of a massive 2011 nuclear disaster, and move former residents back by spring 2017. But not everyone wants to go back.

“It’s not possible in my lifetime,” Katsutaka Idogawa, former mayor of Futaba Prefecture, told VICE News correspondent Isobel Yeung. “The radiation doesn’t go away that easily.”

Radioactive materials remain hazardous for hundreds of years, but just five years have passed since the 2011 Fukushima meltdown. Japan’s effort to clean up more than 600 square miles is estimated to cost the government over $180 billion.

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34 thoughts on “How Japan Is Responding To Fukushima Five Years Later (HBO)

  1. “It’s not possible in my lifetime,” Katsutaka Idogawa, former mayor of Futaba Prefecture, told VICE News correspondent Isobel Yeung. “The radiation doesn’t go away that easily.”
    Watch more Isobel Yeung on VICE News Tonight here –

  2. Proof that nuclear power is not safe. It's toxic and never stops radiation output from waste. All nuclear power plants worldwide need to be shut down permanently

  3. I wish nuclear energy and weapons was banned by the international community, it creates thousands of tons of nuclear waste, much of which is stored unsafely and will take thousands of years until safe, we are smart enough to find a more safe, sustainable and cheap way to power our world, future generations will look at us and just be amazed on how stupid we are and how much irreversible damage we have caused.

  4. as far as I know… they never respond to it… its still the same state at it was 7 years ago… it still leaking and the only thing japs do is to watch video from drone… a respond would be like Chernobyl!  mean; to do something about it, not just contemplating because its too dangerous….

  5. 1:43 "were forced to leave to avoid deadly radiation exposure"
    This is completely false and anyone who knows anything about radiation would know. Please Vice, research first.

  6. This fucking documentary is making me remember some sober anime. This man was happy after cancer. IDK but after seeing animes I THINK Japanese people are most strong willed people in the world.

    PS by the way i am indian

  7. "…Vast highly-contaminated site that Soviet Union abandoned many years ago" is a so-called Chernobyl Zone which is a circle around the atomic station with a radius of 30 km. Compare it to the exclusion area around Fukushima power plant of "20 miles" reported by the reporter (actually in the video we can see a number of 18.6 miles), which is 29.934 km. How come now that "Soviet Union actually gave up on vast areas of thousands square miles" while "Japan is cleaning up its contaminated area of 600 square miles"? This reporter has to check the facts and numbers more carefully before airing them around. Not to say that seems like no effort was put by the reporter into clarifying what efforts were put into containing the results of the Chernobyl catastrophe and into cleaning up surrounding areas… Also, when she's talking with the former mayor of Futaba town she says that it is situated just "couple of miles from Daichi nuclear reactor". Alright, but there were four reactors at Daichi Nuclear Power plant affected by the incident. All of them are now ruined in different ways, imposing different levels of threat to the environment, but it is not just one reactor. This is basically why this otherwise interesting report shall be taken with a grain of salt.

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