Many of the evacuees would have to contend with high radiation if they returned to their homes near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, but the government is forcing them to go back by withdrawing housing assistance – that’s tantamount to a crime. The government is playing down the effects of radiation exposure … Yet people who don’t return to places like Koriyama after this month will be left to fend for themselves. They will become internally displaced people. We feel like we’ve been abandoned by our government.
— Noriko Matsumoto. 60,000 people initially fled from areas near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. As of February, 2017, almost 80,000 were still displaced.