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Cherry blossom party in Miyakoji

April 26, 2014

Residents gather for cherry blossom party in area released from radiation evacuation order



TAMURA, Fukushima -- Residents gathered here for a cherry blossom-viewing party on April 26 in the city's Miyakoji area, whose evacuation order was lifted on April 1.

The removal of the order was the first lifting among any of the evacuation orders placed on 11 Fukushima Prefecture municipalities after the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant disaster in 2011.


April 26 had comparatively low radiation readings, and around 30 residents from the Jikenjo area -- which is home to many residents who have returned post-disaster -- gathered for the cherry blossom event. One participant had come all the way from Chiba Prefecture to the gathering spot, whose Yoshino cherry trees were in full bloom.

Masami Konnai, 62, the vice-president of Jikenjo's neighborhood association who put together the event, said, "Not as many people have been coming back as I had expected (after the evacuation order was lifted), so I wanted to create a chance for locals to see each other again for the first time in a long while."


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