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Photo Journal: Growing hope


Farmer Mitsuo Sato, 71, center, and others prepare to plant rice in their paddies in the Kamishigeoka district of Naraha, Fukushima Prefecture, on May 20, 2016. A nuclear crisis evacuation order covering the area was lifted in September last year. Sato and other farmers began to regularly visit their land -- which is within 15 kilometers of the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant -- the year after the reactor meltdowns to grow rice on an experimental basis. They managed to restart growing rice for commercial purposes this year after radioactive substances exceeding the government-set upper limit had not been detected in the test crops for four years. (Mainichi)


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