Why did so few refugees return to the Fukushima fallout-impacted region after remediation? An interdisciplinary case study from Iitate village, Japan

✍️ C. Asanuma-Brice (CNRS), O. Evrard (LSCE, CEA), T. Chalaux (LSCE, CEA)

Large volumes of radionuclides were deposited on the soils in North-eastern Japan after the accident at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP) in March 2011. The village of Iitate, with a population of 6544 inhabitants in early 2011, was located in the main radioactive plume. Its population was evacuated between 2011 and 2017, when the town reopened after decontamination was completed in some cultivated and residential areas. This situation is unprecedented in history. Even around Chernobyl, access to the most contaminated area has remained forbidden until today. This manuscript compiles measurements of radiation dose rates and sediment radioactive contamination, socio-economic statistics, and reports the results of interviews conducted among refugees since 2011.

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International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction
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C. Asanuma-Brice (CNRS), O. Evrard (LSCE, CEA), T. Chalaux (LSCE, CEA)