I am back in Fukushima Prefecture this week, splitting my time between the capital Fukushima City and Date City. These cities are outside the official evacuation zone, but they both lie directly in the North-West path that the radiation plume took last year after the nuclear meltdown.
Last night, I had dinner with the Shibuya family, whom I had met last month. After dinner, Ayumu, 12, and his sister Mutsuki, 9, showed me their skills with the traditional Japanese toy "kendama".
Their grandfather then proudly showed me a photo of the many vegetables he used to grow for the family to enjoy. His land is now contaminated with radiation.
When we met last month, Mr. and Mrs. Shibuya had just received the test results showing that both Ayumu and Mutsuki have thyroid cysts.