Play Audio Clip Listen to audio clip. Wildlife is flourishing in areas near Fukushima, a former nuclear power plant that is still leaking radiation from a nuclear meltdown more than five years ago.
Kazuhiro Kato is a member of a team from the Mainichi University that has been researching the area where the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant operated. They say the area is different from the media perception.
Kato, who lives near Fukushima and is a professor at the Mihama City University says they have discovered that the local wildlife population has increased even in areas that were heavily contaminated.
What do you think?
I grew up on a farm so I know what it’s like to be able to hear wildlife in the middle of the night, the animals foraging and foraging for food.
Does the data add up?
We have been able to determine that many of the dead animals are dead from radiated soil, in some cases, up to a year old. We also know that most fish off the coast are no longer suitable for eating and many of the fish that are brought from the port in the waters near Fukushima in the sea tests are dead.