The Futaba Public Nursing Academy (Kouritsu Futaba Junkango Gakuin) in the town of Futaba-machi, Fukushima Prefecture, was located just 2 1/2 miles from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex. On March 14, 2011, three of the complex’s 6 reactors exploded, forcing the evacuation of everyone within a 12-mile radius of the reactors, as well as others living outside that radius. As a result, the nursing school was abandoned. Since access to Futaba Town has been restricted ever since, it was decided to build a temporary school in nearby Minami Souma City, just outside of the restricted area. The 2-year school opened in April 2017 and yesterday held its first graduation ceremony in 8 years. Among the graduates was Kumiko Fujita, who had been planning to start classes in April 2011, and finally realized her dream of receiving her nursing certificate. Fujita and most of the other 17 graduates have said that they intend to stay and work in the area, which has a shortage of medical staff.
Shameless kick for the morning crowd. I posted this because I wanted my friends at JPR to know that despite the on-going problems with Fukushima Daiichi, there are still people there who, despite the adversity, want to try to help make things better.