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06:50

Japan after March 11 - shizen nōhō, natural farming without chemicals ... or radiation

The Japan Times :: Motegi did not suffer major earthquake or tsunami damage. But soon after the hydrogen explosions at the nuclear power plant, radiation contamination was found on some vegetables grown in nearby prefectures. In Motegi, Toyoguchi and Oidaira sit in the 120-year-old wooden farmhouse they have lovingly restored, and talk about their initial reaction when they heard about the first explosions at the Fukushima nuclear power plants.

We thought about closing up here and starting over in Toyohashi, where I am from, says Oidaira.

But once they'd calmed down, they thought about the years they have spent here in this tranquil corner of Japan, slowly improving the soil of their plots. After talking with other farmers in the area and consulting with organic-farming associations, they decided to stay.

Continue to read Makiko Itoh, search.japantimes.co.jp

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