Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Scenes From the Disaster Zone: Five Years on in Fukushima

Five years since the meltdown at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant, progress has been made to rebuild much of the prefecture. Yet within evacuation zones designated by the Japanese government, scars are still obvious. Many evacuees who fled are unwilling to return. Thousands still live in temporary housing outside these zones.  Photographs by Ko Sasaki and Tomohiro Ohsumi for Bloomberg

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    A decontamination worker mows a field in Tomioka, a town home to parts of Fukushima Dai-Ni nuclear power plant. 

    Photographer: Ko Sasaki

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    A toilet and the foundations of a building is seen in Namie, a town in Fukushima.

    Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi

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    Abandoned cars in Tomioka, Fukushima. Everything from vehicles to photo albums to homes were left when residents fled.

    Photographer: Ko Sasaki

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    A barricade stands at the entrance of an evacuation zone in Namie.

    Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi

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    An abandoned automobile dealer in Tomioka.

    Photographer: Ko Sasaki

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    A worker measures radiation at a parking lot.

    Photographer: Ko Sasaki

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    A radiation monitoring post in front of a preschool shows radiation levels.

    Photographer: Ko Sasaki

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    The skull of a cow is displayed at the entrance to a ranch in Namie.

    Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi

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    A house stands in an area damaged by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

    Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi

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    Wild animals roam in an uninhabitable area in Tomioka.

    Photographer: Ko Sasaki

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    A worker moves bags of nuclear waste in Tomioka. These bags, contaminated by radiation, can be found all over the area surrounding the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant. 

    Photographer: Ko Sasaki

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    Television sets stacked in a field in Minamisoma, Fukushima.

    Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi

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    A fishing boat swept inland by the tsunami is still left in Namie.

    Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi

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    Most of Tomioka will be habitable again by April 2017, but the majority of former residents do not plan on returning.

    Photographer: Ko Sasaki

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    A deserted street in downtown Iwaki, outside the evacuation zone. 

    Photographer: Ko Sasaki

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    Thousands still live in temporary housing, like this prefabricated housing complex in Iwaki. 

    Photographer: Ko Sasaki