On the outside, the Fukushima nuclear power plant has had a major face-lift since the 2011 nuclear disaster.
The reality inside and underground, however, is much different — and if a similar situation happened on American soil, it would take decades to fix.
A stylish new office building was the first thing that came into view during a tour for foreign media last month. Another building has a cafeteria and a convenience store.
The way the area is dressed up, it’s easy to forget you’re in the official no-go nuclear radiation zone, where access is restricted over deadly health concerns.
When first walking through there are automated security checks and radiation measurement at the new building, where 1,000 employees of Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s decommissioning unit work.
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Visitors no longer must put on hazmat suits and full-face charcoal-filter masks, or plastic shoe covers, unless