Back in March of 2011, the most powerful earthquake in Japan history destroyed over 30 towns and cities in the Fukushima area as the great Fukushima Earthquake as it is called leveled, along with a 40 foot high (8 meter) tsunami that washed away entire towns – it even took cars and trucks out to sea that were never seen again.
This past week, on 22 March 5 children graduated from a school in Kawamata, Fukushima Prefecture. Over 60 residents attended the graduation held at 10 am in the school. This school is having a ceremony this year but not next year as it seems some schools are consolidating their resources.
The children performed dances and other rituals that they practiced throughout the year – they said that they encouraged each other over the past 6 years as they were a small group in the new schools. As the government tries to bring residents to the area, one school graduated 14 students, the highest of all the local schools in the area. Residents are slowing moving back to these towns and cities.
The nuclear disaster 8 years ago has resulted in many towns and cities being destroyed but in most cases, about 80 percent have been rebuilt. However, the number of people returning to these areas has not increased as much as the local governments had anticipated.