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Japan Evacuees Brave Radiation Fears to Briefly Return Home

Some residents in the town of Namie were forced to flee their homes a month ago, when radiation began spewing from a damaged Japanese nuclear power plant, are making furtive trips back into the so-called hot zone.

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Namie, population 22,000, is virtually abandoned, Namie, Fukushima Pref., Japan March 12 2011 (VOA - S. L. Herman)
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Namie, population 22,000, is virtually abandoned, Namie, Fukushima Pref., Japan March 12 2011 (VOA - S. L. Herman)

The center of Namie is a ghost town, Namie, Fukushima Pref., Japan 12 March, 2011 (VOA - S. L. Herman)
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The center of Namie is a ghost town, Namie, Fukushima Pref., Japan 12 March, 2011 (VOA - S. L. Herman)

Cattle have been left to forage on their own for the past month, Namie, Fukushima Pref., Japan, March 12 2011 (VOA - S. L. Herman)
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Cattle have been left to forage on their own for the past month, Namie, Fukushima Pref., Japan, March 12 2011 (VOA - S. L. Herman)

A cow ambles down a road in Namie, Namie, Fukushima Pref., Japan, March 12 2011 (VOA - S. L. Herman)
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A cow ambles down a road in Namie, Namie, Fukushima Pref., Japan, March 12 2011 (VOA - S. L. Herman)

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