Iitate village(飯舘村) “The most beautiful village in Japan”, awarded in 2010

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Iitate village(飯舘村) “The most beautiful village in Japan”, awarded in 2010

Iitate village locates in Soma District, Fukushima, Japan. Following the nuclear accident at Fukushima 1 Nuclear Power Plant in 3.11, 2011, the Japanese government widened the evacuation zone on 1, April and to include Iitate village, even though it is outside the 20-kilometre zone(40km=25miles). On April 22, 2011 the Japanese government asked residents to leave as quickly as possible because of high radioactive contamination detected in Iitate village. Today many residents are still experiencing frustration and depression because of an inability to return to the lives they were living before the disaster. Many families are forced to live apart from their children, suffer salary cuts, and depression. Under this circumstance, a group of mothers, “Iitate Carnation Club” started making items made by the Kimono donated all over Japan. When they are allowed to go back to the village in the near future, they hope to open a Kimono factory and start a new business rather than returning to agriculture. All of the sales of these items are going to Iitate Carnation Club and used for reconstruction.
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