|Takahiko Soejima visited Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant on March 31, 2011.|
Above, he's checking radiation levels at the main gate with Geiger Counter,
while TEPCO worker wearing mask and protective suit looks out suspiciously.
Weeks after all media crew evacuated away from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant and its vicinity, some Japanese journalists stepped into the deserted evacuation zone for the first time.
First off, a political scientist, Takahiko Soejima. He visited the hot zone within 20km radiums to check radiation levels using his own Geiger Counter. On his web, you can see a lot more photos. Basically the surrounding towns are mostly deserted, but the radiation level was safe for seniors like him to go back home for an hour to pick up things needed.
In the ghost town, the huge signboard says "Bright Future with Safe Nuclear Power Plant." Cows and dogs were wandering around, looking for foods. The only activist he met was a brave lady staying there for animal rescue effort.
18km down south, is a dormitory for pro soccer team J Village where Japan Self Defense Force members stay at night. He drove through 50 or so fire trucks and power supply cars parked along the road, watching some SDF members relaxingly gauging radiation levels. He learned these heroes are not even allowed to sleep on their precious bed...
Then this video footage taken by a video journalist and founder of VideoNews.com, Tetsuo Jimbo. It was featured on Telegraph with no mention to its creators.
[Takahiko Soejima's website, VideoNews.com]