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Ex-Students Visit Fukushima School Buildings after Over 9 Years

Ex-Students Visit Fukushima School Buildings after Over 9 Years

   Futaba, Fukushima Pref., Aug. 22 (Jiji Press)--People who had been students of junior high and elementary schools in the town of Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, at the time of the March 2011 nuclear accident visited the school buildings on Saturday, for the first time in nine and a half years.
   The town was fully evacuated in the wake of the tsunami-triggered accident at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s <9501> Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station.
   In March this year, the evacuation order was lifted for some areas of the town. However, it is still prohibited in principle to visit most of the town.
   On Saturday, visitors to the Futaba junior high school building included corporate employee Naoki Idogawa, 24, and two of his old friends. They indulged in nostalgia after finding textbooks and notebooks left in classroom desks.
   The nuclear accident "brought us apart," said Idogawa, who fled to Saitama Prefecture, north of Tokyo, after the accident. "I wanted to graduate together with my friends," he said.

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