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Convenience store opens at stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant

A convenience store that opened on the grounds of the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant is seen in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, on March 1, 2016. (Pool photo)

OKUMA, Fukushima -- A convenience store opened on the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant grounds on March 1, catering to the daily workforce of 7,000 at the disaster-stricken complex.

    The approximately 50-square-meter outlet of major convenience store chain Lawson Inc. is on the second floor of a nine-story rest house that opened in May last year. Among the some 1,000 items on offer are foods such as rice balls and sandwiches, along with daily necessities.

    The outlet, however, will not sell alcoholic drinks and items that will generate bulky garbage, such as canned or bottled beverages and lunch boxes in plastic containers.

    "When workers leave our store, we tell them, 'May you stay safe,'" a store clerk told the Mainichi.

    The store is open from Monday through Saturday between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m.

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