A few months before the fifth anniversary of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear crisis, a town near the plant began removing two signs that unintentionally became ironic reminders of how Japan once blindly worshipped atomic power.

A slogan above a street in Futaba town center since 1988 read "Nuclear power: the energy for a bright future." The town is now radioactive and empty, with all of its residents evacuated.

The signs are historic, but the municipality does not like them. It called them "decrepit" and decided to dismantle them because parts might fall.