Published on Aug 25, 2016
Bubbling streams, lush forests, cherry blossoms in full bloom – Japan’s north is stunningly picturesque. But nature’s beauty hides a lethal secret – dangerous levels of radiation contaminate this area, fall-out from the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Five years after the twin catastrophes of the tsunami and nuclear meltdown, villages sit silent and empty. Thousands of workers still toil to clean up the radioactive material but it could be decades before their work is finished. As Japan continues to suffer the toxic aftermath of one of its worst ever disasters, 101 East reveals that the countryside may never again be safe.