Kiyoshi Watanabe owns a commercial laundry operation in Naraha. Although few local residents have returned, his business is recovering. There are thousands of decontamination workers doing remediation in Naraha and nearby towns; most of them live in worker dormitories or basic guesthouses, and Watanabe washes many of their sheets and towels.
Before the disaster, he had fifteen employees. Now he has seven. He’s hiring — 70% of local businesses are, he says — but...more »
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