Fukushima
 Updates

This is a portal site where you can learn about the latest news in Fukushima and the basics about radiation.
Through FAQs, cartoons and other contents, it aims to deliver correct information about Fukushima Prefecture, which has been greatly affected by the accident at TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, to large numbers of people.

In particular, the radiation accident that occurred at TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station in Fukushima Prefecture had a major impact, forcing some municipalities to evacuate all their citizens. Moreover, farm products and tourism suffered damage due to misinformation.

Meanwhile, people overseas frequently have a negative image of “Fukushima” that they formed immediately after the nuclear power station accident, and this has hindered Fukushima’s revitalization.

In these circumstances, the Reconstruction Agency, which oversees reconstruction and revitalization from the Great East Japan Earthquake, established this site to answer questions about safety in Japan and Fukushima.

With related agencies of the Japanese government making a concerted effort to keep information up to date, this site is intended to serve as a frontline tool for transmitting information.

News

2021.3.4
Fukushima Updates is now open!

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FAQ

Common questions have been compiled in a Q&A format with a view to giving reassurance concerning current conditions in Fukushima, food safety in Japan, TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station and so on.

※ Questions may contain terms that persons associated with Fukushima Prefecture may find disagreeable.
By composing questions out of the frank queries regarding Fukushima that many non-Japanese persons were found to hold in a preliminary questionnaire conducted by the Reconstruction Agency, it is intended to help foreign persons search contents. Your understanding is appreciated.

About Fukushima

In Fukushima Prefecture, 1.8 million people are conducting life as normal.

Surrounded by magnificent landscapes with mountains, oceans, lakes and more, this is a very attractive area where you can enjoy delicious foods nurtured amidst natural surroundings.

Fukushima Prefecture is broadly divided into three areas: “Aizu region”, which is blessed with abundant nature and has numerous scenic spots and places of historic interest linked to samurai retainers of the former Aizu Domain,
“Nakadori” (Central Area), which has an abundance of beautiful flowers and succulent fruits, and “Hamadori” (Coastal Area), which faces the Pacific Ocean and offers magnificent scenery.
Possessing distinctive natural features, culture and climate, these three areas each provide wonder and surprise to visitors.

Fukushima’s Three Areas

Specialties of Fukushima

Fukushima’s Three Areas

Specialties of Fukushima

Access to each area from Tokyo:
“Aizu region” can be reached by Shinkansen (bullet train), etc. in approximately 3 hours.
“Nakadori” can be reached by Shinkansen (bullet train) in approximately 1 and a half hours.
“Hamadori” can be reached by local line limited express train in approximately 2 and a half hours

Virtual Background Download

Fukushima Now

What is Fukushima like now? An easy to understand introduction is given using cartoons and infographics.

Cartoons

Kyaeen’s Fukushima Travel Report

Popular Japanese comedy duo "Kyaeen" made a visit to Fukushima. Through cartoons, they introduce the safety of Fukushima’s fishery products and initiatives by high school students on the international stage.

Mama's Fukushima Tour! (3 episodes)

Mothers are naturally interested in radiation levels in Fukushima Prefecture and the safety of Fukushima’s farm products. In these cartoons, Mochiko, a popular Instagrammer, cartoonist, and mother of two who lives in the Kansai region far away from Fukushima, describes a trip she made to Fukushima from a mother’s perspective.

Report

Fukushima with Infographics

Using figures and charts, the results of inspections conducted on radioactive materials in products from Fukushima Prefecture, comparisons of radiation levels between Fukushima and overseas and more are introduced in an easy to understand manner.

Fukushima with Infographics ~A ten-year history~

Using figures and charts, Fukushima Prefecture's journey of revitalization over the 10 years since the Great East Japan Earthquake is introduced in an easy to understand manner.

Brochure

Eliminating Negative Reputation Impact  ~ Reconstruction from Nuclear Disaster & the History of Safety and Revitalization of Fukushima ~

This brochure briefly introduces changes in radiation dose rates in Fukushima, food safety standards and inspection results, radiation levels in Fukushima compared to other parts of the world, and the current conditions of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.

TV Shows

Japan-Taiwan coproduction: “My Hometown Fukushima - Why I live in Fukushima”

In February 2020, a popular newscaster in Taiwan closely covered two foreigners who actually live in Fukushima.
This program describes from the perspective of foreigners the "charm of Fukushima" that can be understood only by actually living there. It also introduces current conditions of reconstruction, food safety and so on in Fukushima.

Magical Journey FUKUSHIMA - A New Leaf, A New Day #1

On the theme of "water", this traces water from the source to the sea as it introduces Fukushima's famous sake and agricultural products made from delicious water and the charm of the hot springs loved by the locals. It also communicates about safety through aspects such as the status of inspections and the local people's past efforts and thoughts regarding reconstruction.

Magical Journey FUKUSHIMA - A New Leaf, A New Day #2

On the theme of "water", this traces water from the source to the sea as it introduces Fukushima's famous sake and agricultural products made from delicious water and the charm of the hot springs loved by the locals. It also communicates about safety through aspects such as the status of inspections and the local people's past efforts and thoughts regarding reconstruction.

Magical Journey TOHOKU - A New Leaf, A New Day

While travelling along the 1,000 km "Michinoku Shiokaze Trail", this communicates the charm of Iwate and Miyagi and the efforts and thoughts of the local people through popular spots that also attract foreign tourists, such as the beautiful scenery that is representative of the Sanriku Coast, and ports that are leading oyster producing areas nationwide.

Let’s Learn about Radiation

“Professor Tablet” gives an easy to understand commentary on radiation.