Fukushima disaster tourism could go ahead

In Other News - August 20th, 2013
Fukushima disaster tourism

The embattled Fukushima nuclear plant, which stands as a controversial reminder of the devastation left by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, is being considered as a new ‘attraction’, with reports suggesting Fukushima disaster tourism could be about to get the go ahead.

Plans have been drawn up by a group of experts to build a new community on the edge of the exclusion zone, around 25 miles from the site of the crippled nuclear plant.

According to the reports, the community could be known as Fukushima Gate Village and would include a hotel, restaurants and souvenir shops, as well as a museum dedicated to the second-worst nuclear accident in history.

The proposal is also aimed at creating employment for local residents, thousands of whom are forced to leave the area due to the radioactive fallout in some pocket areas.

Visitors, dressed in protective suits and wearing respirators, would be taken to “ground zero” within the nuclear facility’s perimeter fence.

Although decommissioning the four reactors at the plant and completing clean up efforts for large swathes of the contaminated area will probably take three decades, experts have said.

The group behind the proposal said they hope to draw in tourists using “dark tourism”, the same concept as the idea which took visitors to Ground Zero in New York.

by Maesie Bertumen

Image: IAEA Imagebank/Flickr