Ten years after a massive nuclear power plant accident in Japan, there are signs of rapid progress in the recovery of wildlife. For millennia, giant otters and bear bears have lived in the area around Fukushima, far from the deadly melted reactors in the towns to the west and north of the plant. But after the 2011 disaster, a small number of rare otters were spotted in the coastal area, and the bears have since appeared, too. Tigers, leopards and other predators, meanwhile, have begun to edge out plants and shrubs in the field where their unpredictable attacks nearly destroyed the plant. Many areas of the no-go zone to the north of the plant have since reverted to nature, however. Scientists say this is a sign that the work has finally paid off. However, social scientists warn that poor communication has led to a lack of awareness of what is happening, and that a dangerous disconnect between nature and people still exists.
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Traveling around Japan with the Japanese woman who lost her legs to the Fukushima nuclear disaster
Pictures show life in a prefecture devastated by the Fukushima Nuclear accident