Fukushima Campaign Seeks To Preserve Darkly Ironic Signs Underscoring False Promises of Nuclear Power

Japan’s 2011 nuclear meltdown and catastrophe transformed Futaba—home of the Fukushima No. 1 power plant—into a ghost town, with every single resident forced to evacuate. But the municipality’s empty streets still contain prominent billboards proclaiming the promise of nuclear power.

Now, Japanese media outlets are reporting that some residents and outsiders have launched an unusual effort to leave those signs in place as an ironic testament to the human and environmental dangers of the controversial energy source that is now hugely unpopular in Japan.

In a campaign led by 39-year-old Yuji Onuma, approximately 6,500 signatures were submitted on Monday to the local government urging them to leave the signs in their place.

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