Conditions and Government Response following the Nuclear Power Station Accident
The area of relatively high radiation doses is limited; moreover, radiation doses are decreasing every year.
Air dose rates are measured at 4,383 locations throughout Japan (3,626 locations in Fukushima Prefecture), and measurements are published in real-time every 10 minutes on a government agency's website.
How safe is Fukushima?
Normal life is possible over 97.6% of Fukushima Prefecture, and 1.82 million people currently live there.
Some areas still have restricted entry, however, these have decreased a lot compared to immediately after the earthquake.
Normal life can be conducted in most of Fukushima Prefecture, just like anywhere else. The area that is prohibited from entry （difficult-to-return zone） occupies 2.4% of Fukushima's area.
The IAEA evaluates Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station as having "entered a stable state", while concerning health impacts in Fukushima, "the possibility of confirmed health impacts arising from radiation caused by the nuclear power station accident is a small" according to the WHO and UNSCEAR.
Apart from the difficult-to-return zones, removal of radioactive materials has been completed in the areas where it was decided to conduct decontamination.
Radiation air dose rates in the main cities of Fukushima Prefecture are no different from those in Tokyo and other major cities around the world.
There are zones with relatively high levels, however, entry to such areas is restricted.
Currently, there is not recognized to be any health damage caused by exposure to radiation. Judging from exposure dose rates immediately following the accident, there are unlikely to be any health impacts in future.
Judging from exposure dose rates immediately following the accident, there is unlikely to be an increase in cancer patients from now on.
Revitalization of Fukushima Prefecture
In areas around the municipality where the nuclear power station is located, progressive initiatives such as the Fukushima Innovation Coast Framework are being advanced.
As the revitalization progresses, numerous tourists are visiting both from inside Japan and overseas.
The appeal of Fukushima Prefecture surely lies in its magnificent landscapes. It also has a rich history, hot springs, delicious foods and other attractions too numerous to mention here.
The Olympic torch relay will start from J-VILLAGE, which was Japan soccer's first national training center and was used as a base for responding to the nuclear accident, first while baseball and softball games will be staged in Fukushima City.
Safety of Food and Potable Water in Japan and Fukushima
Food safety in Fukushima and all of Japan is set at the most rigorous levels in the world. Foods that pass inspections and are deemed to be safe are distributed on the market.
Inspections are appropriately implemented based on national guidelines. Inspections are also highly rated by international agencies.
The water is safe and can be drunk without any problems.
In recent years, few products have exceeded the strictest standards in the world.
About Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station
There are major differences. In particular, compared to the accident at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station, the amount of radioactive substances released into the atmosphere was less, and no health impacts have been found arising from exposure to radiation.
Fuel debris still remains, however, it is being maintained in a stable condition through continuously pouring water.
The International Atomic Energy Agency （IAEA） has so far conducted four reviews.
Work is underway to decommission the reactors within 30-40 years.