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Toxic Fukushima water plagues fishermen

TEPCO, charged with cleaning up after the stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, has long covered up the fact that contaminated water was seeping from the plant into the Pacific Ocean, wiping out fishermen’s living

By Justin McCurry  /  The Guardian, HIROSHIMA, Japan

In the minutes before the tsunami crashed into Hisanohama, Niitsuma, like many other fishermen, saved his boat by steering it out to sea and into the path of the waves.

More than two years on, he cannot escape the feeling that his act of bravery was in vain. His catch once fetched premium prices; now he lives off a government wage for collecting debris and modest compensation for loss of income.

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