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In Pictures: Broken lives of Fukushima

October 3, 2013

Messages of support are written on a blackboard in a science class of primary school at the tsunami destroyed coastal area of the evacuated town of Namie in Fukushima prefecture only some 6 km (4 miles) from crippled Daiichi power plant. Reuters/Damir Sagolj
Messages of support are written on a blackboard in a science class of primary school at the tsunami destroyed coastal area of the evacuated town of Namie in Fukushima prefecture only some 6 km (4 miles) from crippled Daiichi power plant. Reuters/Damir Sagolj
Portraits hang from the wall of an abandoned and damaged house in the evacuated town of Namie in Fukushima prefecture. Namie's more than 20,000 former residents can visit their homes once a month with special permissions but are not allowed to stay overnight inside the exclusion zone. Reuters/Damir Sagolj
Portraits hang from the wall of an abandoned and damaged house in the evacuated town of Namie in Fukushima prefecture. Namie's more than 20,000 former residents can visit their homes once a month with special permissions but are not allowed to stay overnight inside the exclusion zone. Reuters/Damir Sagolj
A vending machine, brought inland by a tsunami, is seen in a abandoned rice field inside the exclusion zone at the coastal area near Minamisoma in Fukushima prefecture. Reuters/Damir Sagolj
A vending machine, brought inland by a tsunami, is seen in a abandoned rice field inside the exclusion zone at the coastal area near Minamisoma in Fukushima prefecture. Reuters/Damir Sagolj
A surfer carries his board as others catch waves before anti-tsunami barriers on the closed Toyoma beach near Iwaki town, south of the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture. Reuters/Damir Sagolj
A surfer carries his board as others catch waves before anti-tsunami barriers on the closed Toyoma beach near Iwaki town, south of the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture. Reuters/Damir Sagolj
Fishermen from the "Kiyomaru" fishing boat pull in their net as they sail off the Iwaki town south of crippled Daiichi nuclear power plant. Only a small part of boat's catch will be used to test for radioactive contamination in the waters. Reuters /Damir Sagolj
Fishermen from the 'Kiyomaru' fishing boat pull in their net as they sail off the Iwaki town south of crippled Daiichi nuclear power plant. Only a small part of boat's catch will be used to test for radioactive contamination in the waters. Reuters /Damir Sagolj
A relative of Yotsuno Kanno uses chopsticks to put her remains into a family grave during a small ceremony at a cemetery in the evacuated town of Minamitsushima inside the exclusion zone. Reuters / Damir Sagolj
A relative of Yotsuno Kanno uses chopsticks to put her remains into a family grave during a small ceremony at a cemetery in the evacuated town of Minamitsushima inside the exclusion zone. Reuters / Damir Sagolj
Wild flowers and other vegetation grow over a train line in the evacuated town of Namie in Fukushima prefecture. A total of 160,000 people were ordered to leave their homes around Daiichi plant after the government announced the evacuation following the nuclear disaster in March 2011.Reuters/Damir Sagolj
Wild flowers and other vegetation grow over a train line in the evacuated town of Namie in Fukushima prefecture. A total of 160,000 people were ordered to leave their homes around Daiichi plant after the government announced the evacuation following the nuclear disaster in March 2011.Reuters/Damir Sagolj
People wear face masks as they visit the cemetery at the tsunami destroyed coastal area of the evacuated town of Namie in Fukushima prefecture .Reuters/Damir Sagolj
People wear face masks as they visit the cemetery at the tsunami destroyed coastal area of the evacuated town of Namie in Fukushima prefecture .Reuters/Damir Sagolj
Keigo Sakamoto, 58, holds Atom, one of his 21 dogs and over 500 animals he keeps at his home, in the exclusion zone near Naraha. Reuters/Damir Sagolj
Keigo Sakamoto, 58, holds Atom, one of his 21 dogs and over 500 animals he keeps at his home, in the exclusion zone near Naraha. Reuters/Damir Sagolj
A visitor from Hokaido takes pictures at the tsunami destroyed coastal area of the evacuated town of Namie in Fukushima prefecture, only some 6 kilometers from crippled Daiichi power plant. Reuters/Damir Sagolj
A visitor from Hokaido takes pictures at the tsunami destroyed coastal area of the evacuated town of Namie in Fukushima prefecture, only some 6 kilometers from crippled Daiichi power plant. Reuters/Damir Sagolj
Bicycles are left behind near the train station in the evacuated town of Futaba in Fukushima prefecture. Decades ago, the citizens of Japan's Futaba town took such pride in hosting part of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex that they built a sign over a promenade proclaiming that atomic power made their town prosperous. Reuters/Damir Sagolj
Bicycles are left behind near the train station in the evacuated town of Futaba in Fukushima prefecture. Decades ago, the citizens of Japan's Futaba town took such pride in hosting part of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex that they built a sign over a promenade proclaiming that atomic power made their town prosperous. Reuters/Damir Sagolj
A lifeguard's watchtower and drawings on an anti-tsunami wall are seen on the Usuiso beach that is closed for public in tsunami destroyed coastal area near Iwaki town, south of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Almost all the beaches in Fukushima prefectures remain closed since March 11, 2011. Reuters/Damir Sagolj
A lifeguard's watchtower and drawings on an anti-tsunami wall are seen on the Usuiso beach that is closed for public in tsunami destroyed coastal area near Iwaki town, south of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Almost all the beaches in Fukushima prefectures remain closed since March 11, 2011. Reuters/Damir Sagolj
A man fishes on a municipal beach that is closed for public near Iwaki town, south of the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture September 15, 2013. Reuters/ Damir Sagolj
A man fishes on a municipal beach that is closed for public near Iwaki town, south of the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture September 15, 2013. Reuters/ Damir Sagolj
Mieko Okubo, 59, poses with a portrait of her father-in-law Fumio Okubo next to his jacket in his room where he committed suicide in the evacuated town of Iitate in Fukushima prefecture. Fumio, a 102-year-old farmer hanged himself in the house he lived in all his life after authorities ordered evacuation from the area following the nuclear disaster. Reuters/Damir Sagolj
Mieko Okubo, 59, poses with a portrait of her father-in-law Fumio Okubo next to his jacket in his room where he committed suicide in the evacuated town of Iitate in Fukushima prefecture. Fumio, a 102-year-old farmer hanged himself in the house he lived in all his life after authorities ordered evacuation from the area following the nuclear disaster. Reuters/Damir Sagolj