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A motorbike rider is virtually the only one on the empty streets of Harimichi. Almost all the shops are closed. The village, 15 miles west of the exclusion zone, has not been officially evacuated. Nevertheless, most residents have left, afraid of radiation. The public school was closed for the year due to suddenly low enrollment. Many times as I passed through Harimichi on my way to the zone, the gas station was almost the only business open. I made a point to buy gas there — it seemed the least I could do.<br />
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This photograph is part the book of Would You Stay?, by Michael Forster Rothbart, published by TED Books in 2013. The photos come from Forster Rothbart’s two long-term documentary photography projects, After Chernobyl and After Fukushima.<br />
© Michael Forster Rothbart 2007-2013.<br />
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Photo by: Michael Forster Rothbart<br />
Date:  7/27/2012<br />
File#:  Canon — Canon EOS 5D digital camera frame 81299
A motorbike rider is virtually the only one on the empty streets of Harimichi. Almost all the shops are closed. The village, 15 miles west of the exclusion zone, has not been officially evacuated. Nevertheless, most residents have left, afraid of radiation. The public school was closed for the year due to suddenly low enrollment. Many times as I passed through Harimichi on my way to the zone, the gas station was almost the only business open. I made a point to buy gas there — it seemed...
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