With Japan yet to roll out whatever plans it has to mitigate the damaging effects of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant which has already leaked highly radioactive water to its nearby ocean waters, a group of people has expressed their desire to turn the site into a tourist spot. Seriously. Would you go visit?
The Fukushima Daiichi NPP in 2002
According to a report from The Telegraph, a group composed of authors, scholars, academics and architects is about to propose creating a tourist attraction dubbed Fukushima Gate Village, which will be place and located 25 miles just on the edge of the exclusion zone from the site of the world's second-worst nuclear accident.
Specifically, the group targets Fukushima to be similarly treated as with the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Apart from envisioning it to be a live replica enough to always remind all peoples of the world of the March 2011 disaster, the plan also wants to provide support and encouragement to the local residents through jobs.
The report did not provide specifics as to how the group will carry out such ambitious and dangerous project. The decommissioning of the four reactors will take 30 years to complete, as well as the decontamination of everything it touched in the north-east of Japan.
The report said part of the Fukushima Gate Village plan includes the construction of tourist hotels to protect guests from elevated levels of radiation. It will likewise have restaurants and souvenir shops, as well as a museum.
Facilities dedicated to researching renewable energy resources will also be put up. The highlight of the tourist spot will be a trip to "ground zero," which is within the nuclear plant's perimeter fence.
Tourists will be dressed up in protective suits wearing respirators.The unidentified group said they hoped the village would become a memorial of the disaster.
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