NIHONMATSU, FUKUSHIMA PREF. – Both the reality of radiation and the rumors surrounding it continue to plague farmers in Fukushima Prefecture a year into the crisis that started last March 11 when a megaquake and monster tsunami put a local nuclear plant on a path to three reactor meltdowns.
Many farmers had to give up growing and just get away, particularly those in the immediate fallout zone of Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 power plant. They left their fields to whither and their livestock to fend for themselves.