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Photo Journal: A fresh start

(Mainichi/Rikka Teramachi)

Tetsuji Sakuma takes care of the cows at his dairy farm in Katsurao, Fukushima Prefecture, in northeastern Japan, on Jan. 11, 2019. That day, he resumed shipments of raw milk for the first time in seven years and 10 months -- since the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster affected the area. In most of the village, the evacuation order following the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant meltdown has been lifted. Raw milk from Sakuma Farm will be mixed with that of other farmers and processed into milk and yogurt by dairy manufactures within the prefecture. The processed goods will be distributed to the public, mainly in Fukushima Prefecture. "I have finally reached the starting line," Sakuma said.

(Japanese original by Rikka Teramachi, Fukushima Bureau)

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