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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The Fukushima Disaster, Five Years Later

In this photo released Nov. 27, 2013, by International Atomic Energy Agency, a team of IAEA experts check out water storage tanks at the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Japan. (Greg Webb/IAEA)

A team of experts with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) check out water storage tanks at the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Japan, Nov. 27, 2013. (Greg Webb/IAEA)

On Friday, Japan marks the five-year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the northeast coast of Japan. The disaster crippled the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

The complicated cleanup effort there continues, as do efforts to restart the country’s nuclear power industry, which was totally shut down after the Fukushima meltdowns.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson checks in with BBC reporter Rupert Wingfield-Hayes, who has been following the story since the earthquake and tsunami hit.

Note: This BBC interview can be heard in the Here & Now podcast or with the WBUR app.

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