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Japanese shoppers buy Fukushima vegetables in show of solidarity

The full consequences of the disaster at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are still being determined. Just today, the plant's operator confirmed there had been meltdowns of fuel rods at three of its reactors in the early days of the crisis.

Local farmers have been badly affected, despite tests having proven that the soil outside a 30 km zone around the plant is safe for farming. As we reported on April 1st:

The Fukushima farm sector, which once proudly put the prefecture's name on its rice, fruits and vegetables that went to market, will face the burden of trying to sell its products now that the Fukushima name is synonymous with nuclear disaster.

The scene above, then, represents a glimmer of hope. At a market stall in Tokyo's Shinjuku train station, the vendors proudly proclaimed that their vegetables had been grown in the Fukushima region, and shoppers - at least some shoppers - appeared happy to purchase them in a spirit of solidarity.