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The Tohoku region continues to struggle beyond the first anniversary of the March 11, 2011, Great East Japan Earthquake, particularly Fukushima Prefecture, whose recovery is being greatly hampered by the triple-meltdown crisis at a coastal nuclear plant.

But before the severity of the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster was put on a par with Chernobyl on the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale at level 7, the prefecture was synonymous with less infamous attributes, including abundant nature and agriculture and a rich history.

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