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Yukio Kubota, an evacuee from Kawauchi, sits shaving on his deck at building H-15 and calls out to us as we pass by. While his wife stayed with relatives on the west coast, he returned to Fukushima Prefecture to be closer to home. He spent a few days at his house in the summer of 2011, clearing overgrown weeds and sleeping inside, until he discovered the radiation was so high that he could hit the recommended annual limit in less than 10 days. Government workers finally decontaminated Yukio’s house and yard a year later. He’s waiting to see the radiation levels before he decides to move home.<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
Yukio Kubota, an evacuee from Kawauchi, sits shaving on his deck at building H-15 and calls out to us as we pass by. While his wife stayed with relatives on the west coast, he returned to Fukushima Prefecture to be closer to home. He spent a few days at his house in the summer of 2011, clearing overgrown weeds and sleeping inside, until he discovered the radiation was so high that he could hit the recommended annual limit in less than 10 days. Government workers finally decontaminated...
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