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    As Japan marks the 10-year anniversary of the most destructive natural disaster in its recorded history and the nuclear accident that it triggered, the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi power plant has expressed confidence that efforts to decommission the site are on schedule.

    Anti-nuclear campaigners are critical of that position and insist that Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s plan to complete the decommissioning of the three reactors that suffered meltdowns has “no prospect of success and is delusional,” while people living in areas that were directly beneath the plume of radioactivity in March 2011 say their lives have been changed irreparably and forever.

    The crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant followed the magnitude-9.1 Great East Japan Earthquake on the afternoon of March 11, 2011. The quake, the fourth most powerful anywhere in the world since modern record-keeping began in 1900, caused a series of tsunami waves that in places reached more than 40 meters high and bore down on the coast of northeast Japan.

    The accident sent ripples all over the world. In Germany, it led to a decision to phase out nuclear power. Elsewhere, however, the appetite for atomic energy has increased over the last few years. When it comes to nuclear reactors, the United States leads the way – US President Joe Biden sees atomic power as a key strategy in the fight climate change. France is number two – the government there wants to modernise older plants. Next on the list are China and Russia. And even in Japan, where the consequences of the Fukushima disaster are still painfully apparent, nuclear power appears to be there to stay.

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