Fukushima nuclear disaster museum to open on September 20

FUTABA, FUKUSHIMA (THE JAPAN NEWS) – A museum to pass on the memories and lessons from the 2011 accident at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc’s Fukushima number one nuclear power plant was shown to the media on Saturday following its completion.

The museum, located in Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, was established by the prefectural government at a cost of about JPY5.3 billion. It is scheduled to open to the public on September 20.

About 150 items are on display in the three-storey building, which has about 5,300 square metres of floor space.

Visitors will be able to learn about the situation of the plant at the time of the disaster, the lives of evacuees and prolonged process of reconstruction of the affected areas through presentations projected on large screens.

The items on display include whiteboards used at the Off-site Centre, which was the base of operations to respond to the accident. Handwritten notes on equipment, among other items, illustrate the confusion felt among relevant officials and workers at the time of the accident. All residents in Futaba evacuated in the aftermath of the accident. The evacuation order was lifted in some parts of the town for the first time in March.

The museum was built on a site where the evacuation order has been lifted.

Footage of nuclear reactor decommissioning work shown at a museum scheduled to open on September 20 in Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture. PHOTO: THE JAPAN NEWS