Some evacuees from the Fukushima nuclear disaster face a tough choice: stay away and pay their own costs, or return to face their worries about radiation.
It’s been more than 5 years since the meltdowns, and 87,000 people from the prefecture still can’t return home. Most were forced to evacuate in March 2011 but 12,000 families left voluntarily due to concerns about radiation.
The prefectural government pays rent subsidies to these voluntary evacuees, but this support will end next April. Many of them recently visited Fukushima to demand that rent support for temporary housing, paid for by the prefectural government, continue.
“Housing is the most fundamental human right,” says one of the voluntary evacuees.