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Major Fukushima Beach Reopens after 7 Years

Major Fukushima Beach Reopens after 7 Years

   Iwaki, Fukushima Pref., July 15 (Jiji Press)--Usuiso Beach in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, reopened Saturday to bathers for the first time in seven years since the summer before the March 2011earthquake and tsunami and the subsequent nuclear accident.
   Usuiso on the Pacific coast is one of the largest beaches in the northeastern Japan prefecture, with about 260,000 visitors in 2010.
   It closed down in 2011 due to the disaster and triple meltdowns at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s <9501> Fukushima No. 1 plant.
   The beach reopened after tide embankment construction was completed and safety was confirmed by radiation checks on seawater.
   After performing the hula at a ceremony, local high school girls headed toward the water's edge. "The waves were higher and colder than I had expected," Aoi Konno, a 17-year-old high school senior, said.

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