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Nuclear crisis hurts local economy

04-02-2011 13:51 BJT Special Report:9.0 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Japan |

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The nuclear crisis at Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant has dealt a devastating blow to the local economy. Restaurants and bars in surrounding areas are struggling to attract customers, with few owners optimistic that business will recover any time soon.

This is Fukushima city, some 65 kilometers away from the prefecture's troubled nuclear plant. As darkness comes, the bar's owner embraces another quiet night.

Few customers are eager to have a drink at night. Further hindering business, local traffic has not fully resumed, causing many people form long queues waiting for buses home.

Bar Owner, Fukushima Prefecture, said, "It is stagnant and quiet. In the daytime, this area is busy, but at night no one is outside."

For local restaurants, business is also at a lull. Public fears of contamination affecting seafood and vegetables has forced restaurateurs to revamp their menus.

Restaurant Owner, said, "I think more than a third of restaurants and bars will close."

Fishermen have also suffered in the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami. For them, daily life is a struggle.

This 69-year-old fisherman fled when the tsunami struck. When he returned, he could barely recognize what was left of his house. Now, he scavenges among the rubble to find objects to salvage or sell.

As Japan begins its long road ahead to repair physical destruction, experts point out that the psychological recovery remains equally important for disaster victims.



Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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