The Post-Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Cleanup Effort in Japan

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Miriam Wasser
There are millions of these one-ton bags full of contaminated debris in northeastern Japan, and the government has no long-term plan for them.
More than five years after the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, the cleanup effort continues. If you travel to the area, you'll see thousands and thousands of big black bags, stacked in long rows two or three high along the road, or in enormous depositories closer to the shoreline. Thousands of laborers shovel all sorts of contaminated debris — soil, branches, bicycles, trash — into them, though there is no long-term plan for what to do with the waste.