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FACING FUKUSHIMA

Katsuzo Shoji's (75) family has worked this land for more then 6 generations Like the rest of the town's population he is being forced to evacuate most likely to an apartment 20km away. uncertain when he will be able to return he has been able to rent some land to continue his work outside of the heavily contaminated village. the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, about 40km away. Outside the 20km government exclusion zone, the village’s mountainous topography funneled radiation spewing from its crippled reactors trapping it there, poisoning crops , water and livestock. he has been told he must destroy his crops and his six prized Iitate beef cows must be killed.

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Katsuzo Shoji's (75) family has worked   this land for  more then 6 generations Like the rest of the town's population  he is being forced to evacuate most likely to an apartment 20km away.  uncertain when he will be able to return he has been able to rent some land to continue his work  outside of the  heavily  contaminated village.  the  Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, about 40km away.  Outside the 20km government exclusion zone, the village’s mountainous topography  funneled radiation spewing from its crippled reactors trapping it there, poisoning crops , water and livestock.  he has  been told  he must  destroy his crops and  his six prized  Iitate beef cows must be killed.