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March 11, 2012

Fukushima +1


For those who followed our tsunami and Fukushima coverage here and at Tumblr, you’ll recognize this photo as one of our earliest, capturing the legacy the nuke disaster seemed to immediately bestow on Japan’s next generation. Today, marking the year anniversary of the catastrophe, this photo feels like its electronic cousin, emblematic of how that invisible malignancy — as “the new normal” — has been hung around the next generation’s neck.


(photo: Toru Hanai/Reuters caption: A student wears a radiation monitor on his shirt at Omika Elementary School, near the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, in Minamisoma, Fukushima prefecture, on March 8, 2012.)



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