Protests against nuclear restarts outside of Japan's Nuclear Regulatory Authority. 09/10/2014 © Masaya Noda / Greenpeace

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The widespread environmental contamination largely remains. Decontamination efforts are, many times, missing the government’s targets.

Massive amounts of highly radioactive water flow into the ocean from the reactor site every day. The location of molten reactor cores in Units 1-3 remains unknown – which is a problem that requires massive amounts of cooling water every day to minimize the risk of another major radiation release.

In spite of these ongoing problems and the fact that many of the over 120,000 displaced nuclear refugees are still living in difficult evacuation conditions four years later, the Abe government in Japan is pushing to restart the country’s idled nuclear fleet.

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