First glimpse into Fukushima graveyard (VIDEO)
On Saturday, representatives of the Japanese and international media – more than 30 reporters, photographers and cameramen – were taken on a tour of the facility which was the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster in 25 years.
Despite TEPCO’s assurances that the radiation leaks pose much less danger now, the visitors had to wear a full set of protective gear during the tour.
The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, some 225 kilometers northeast of Tokyo, was severely damaged by the March 11th earthquake and tsunami, and spewed large amounts of radioactive materials onto the surrounding countryside, much of which remains off-limits.
Since then, the authorities have struggled to contain the crisis, with pledges being given in the summer that it would be resolved by the end of this year. However the Japanese government has admitted that it will take up to 30 years to completely neutralize the radiation released from the reactors.