Fukushima Dialog Seminars have been held in various places in Fukushima Prefecture, with the 18th Dialogue Seminar convening in the Yamakiya district of Kawamata Town on November 26. Yamakiya is the only part of Kawamata that was designated as an evacuation zone. The program included a field tour on 25th, which showed participants an interim storage area for contaminated soil, counterbalanced by emerging enterprises such as a flower farm and a primary school preparing to re-open. This dialogue was intended to share the current situation in Yamakiya since the lifting of evacuation orders on 31 March of this year.
On the 26th, the formal dialogue started with opening remarks by representatives of ICRP and Ethos of Fukushima, followed by an overview of the previous day’s field tour, including many beautiful pictures of Yamakiya. The following presenters then took the floor to offer their perspectives:
-Mr.Sato, Mayor of Kawamata: Currently, 10% (270 people) have returned to Yamakiya. Kawamata town is facilitating repopulation by encouraging vendors, restaurants, etc. Route 114 has been re-opened, providing better access from Fukushima City to the Pacific coast via Kawamata.
-Prof. Kondo, Chiba University: Discussed the uniqueness of Yamakiya in terms of geological science and historical relationships between nature and people.
-Mr.Yasutaka, AIST: introduced flower farming as a way to revitalize local agriculture.
Thereafter local residents involved in agricultural theory and practice were invited to talk about their daily lives, experiences and thoughts.
Details are available at the “ETHOS IN FUKUSHIMA” website below: