13 Aug '11, 9pm

The town that went nuclear:

Flicking on the TV in the small town of Takahama affords a fascinating glimpse into trash. It's nothing salacious, quite the opposite. The town has a dedicated TV channel - unevocatively called Takahama Town Data Broadcasting - which features town news, anti-crime measures and the mayor's blog. One item leaps out at you: Rubbish collection. You can check out the different collection times for 12 categories of junk, including light bulbs, batteries, used cooking oil and bottles. Glass bottles, plastic PET bottles and other plastics are all disposed of separately. This recycling zeal is part of a wider energy-consciousness in this rural town whose nuclear power plant and related industries are the biggest contributor to its economy. One of those especially aware of his town's energy needs is Mr Hisayoshi Kodama, who does temp jobs working on pipes at the Takahama plant. The ...

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