A portal site connecting Fukushima and the World

“Fukushima on the Globe” is a portal site of citizen’s movement inside and outside Fukushima after the nuclear accident happened in Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami on Mar.11, 2011.
Evacuation Orders and Restricted Areas

Evacuation Orders and Restricted Areas

In this page, transition of evacuation orders and restricted areas are explained in chronological order. To know the current status of the area, please click here. ■ Evacua...

The Earthquake and the Nuclear Accident

The Earthquake and the Nuclear Accident

The massive earthquake of magnitude 9.0 on March 11th 2011 struck the Tohoku region, where the epicenter was 130km away from Oshika Peninsula and the depth was 24 km. In the coastal area of Iwate pref...

The Japan-US “military” response to the earthquake, and the strengthening of the military alliance as a result

The Japan-US “military” response to the earthquake, and the strengthening of the military alliance as a result

By Prof. MIZUSHIMA, Asaho Waseda University Faculty of Law (Translated by Japan NGO Center for In...

Situation of the Evacuees

Situation of the Evacuees

After one year and seven months from the accident of Fukushima No.1 Nuclear Power Plant, still at least 160,000 people has been evacuated their original home because of fear of radiation. According...

What's Fukushima

What's Fukushima

■ Area and population Fukushima is the southernmost prefecture in the Tohoku region. It is the third largest prefecture in Japan, following Hokkaido and Iwate, with a total area of 13,782.75...

Citizens' Movement

Citizens' Movement

When the accident in Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant happened, the first people who started moving were the citizens who tried to escape from invisible radiation. Mainly from the coastal area...

What’s Happened?

What’s Happened?

■ The Nuclear Accident The Great East Earthquake occurred at 2:46pm on March 11th recorded magnitude 9.0, has given tremendous damage to the northern part of Japan, especially in the prefect...

Evacuated farmer promises to fight

Evacuated farmer promises to fight

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Stories and Facts from Fukushima

Stories and Facts from Fukushima

Stories & Facts from Fukushima is a newsletter presenting real stories of Fukushima and its background after the nuclear disaster of Fukushima No.1 Nuclear Power plant happened on Mar.11, 2011. ...

Damage Compensations

Damage Compensations

The Compensation issues for the people who were damaged by the accident of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station by Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) will vary greatly on which categories they are come u...

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The Great East Earthquake occurred at 2:46pm on March 11th recorded magnitude 9.0, has given tremendous damage to the northern part of Japan, especially in the prefectures of Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate. The earthquake and tsunami triggered the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station located in the Pacific Ocean coast received huge damage by the earthquake and tsunami. The piping facility in the building, the facilities for the external power supply and backup power were destroyed. The next day, 12th in the early morning, the leakage of radioactive materials had been found in front of the main gate of the nuclear power plant. The steam was filled in the building by the core melt down caused by the dysfunction of the cooling system. read more

Fukushima No1 Nuclear Power Station

After one year and seven months from the accident of Fukushima No.1 Nuclear Power Plant, still at least 160,000 people has been evacuated their original home because of fear of radiation. According to Fukushima prefecture, 56,920 people have fled their home in Fukushima pref. and stay in other prefecture as of March 7th, 2013. The biggest number of evacuees, 9,420, is living in Yamagata prefecture, the north west neighboring prefecture of Fukushima. The second is Tokyo, 7,415people, and the third is Niigata, 5,688. As these numbers are only reported number to the government, it is assumed that the actual number should be more.read more

Immediately after the accident, the government ordered residents in only 3km radius around the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power plant (Here after referred as NPP) to evacuate on Mar.11, 2011. As the seriousness of the accident became apparent, the areas of evacuation order were gradually expanded. On March 12, 2011, after the 1st explosion at the nuclear reactor No.1, the government expanded the areas of evacuation within 20km radius from Nuclear Power Plant. On March 15, after the sound what was believed to be explosion was heard at the reactor No.2 & No.4, the government instructed the residents living between 20km-30km radius from the NPP to stay inside house. read more

Though experts have divided opinion about impact of radioactivity to the human body, one thing for sure is that children are more vulnerable and will get more serious impact than adults. After the accident of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, Japanese government has raised the legal public dose limit of radiation exposure for Fukushima prefecture from 1mSV per year to a provisional limit of 20mSV per year, comparable level to “radiation controlled areas” (areas exposed to 0.6 μSV or more per hour). Because of this new standard, big cities such as Fukushima city and Koriyama city were not designated as evacuation zone, but quite a few families escaped immediately after the explosion. However, maximum residents including children chose to stay, because of their economic reason, family reason, etc. read more

 One of the most affected people in Fukushima, where extensively contaminated with radiation released by the nuclear accident, was the hardworking organic farmers. There were many organic farmers who had continued steady efforts for a long time as Fukushima prefecture government had been encouraging organic agriculture. As Fukushima prefecture is close to Kanto area, the large consumption area including Tokyo, organic farmers in Fukushima were able to utilize this advantage and make profit by the labor intensive farming method. read more
Fukushima Organic Agriculture Network