Why Did so Few Refugees Return to the Fukushima Fallout-Impacted Region after Remediation? An Interdisciplinary Case Study from Iitate Village, Japan

29 Pages Posted: 18 Jul 2022

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Cécile Asanuma-Brice

CNRS

Olivier Evrard

LSCE / CEA - CNRS - UVSQ / University Paris-Saclay

Thomas G. Chalaux

Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement (LSCE)

Abstract

Highlights· Iitate Village in the residence-restricted area around Fukushima for 6 years. Forest covering 74% of the surface area remain contaminated.· Less than 10% of the population returned since the reopening in April 2017· Priority to agricultural recovery although <2% of cropland is recultivated· Difficulties to mitigate loneliness of returned inhabitants and lack of public facilities

Keywords: Nuclear accident, cesium-137, post-accidental stress, Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP), disaster resiliency

Suggested Citation

Asanuma-Brice, Cécile and Evrard, Olivier and Chalaux, Thomas G., Why Did so Few Refugees Return to the Fukushima Fallout-Impacted Region after Remediation? An Interdisciplinary Case Study from Iitate Village, Japan. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4165438

Olivier Evrard

LSCE / CEA - CNRS - UVSQ / University Paris-Saclay ( email )

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Thomas G. Chalaux

Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement (LSCE) ( email )

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Gif-Sur-Yvette, 91191
France

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