30 Mar '11, 6am

More than 240 refugees in Onagawa, Japan are staying in the most secure place in the area - the local nuclear plant

More than 240 refugees in Onagawa, Japan are staying in the most secure place in the area - the local nuclear plant

Survivors walk outside the Onagawa Nuclear Power Station in Onagawa, Iwate Prefecture. -- PHOTO: AP ONAGAWA (Japan) - AS A massive tsunami ravaged this Japanese fishing town, hundreds of residents fled for the safest place they knew: the local nuclear power plant. More than two weeks later, 240 remain, watching TV or playing ball games with their children next to three atomic reactors. It's a startling contrast to the damaged nuclear plant 120km south-east, where radiation leaks have forced an evacuation of area residents and terrified the nation. The town of Onagawa's embrace of its plant reflects the mindset in much of Japan, at least before the current crisis. Nuclear power was accepted as a trade-off: clean and reliable energy versus the tiny but real risk of catastrophe - one that now may be unfolding at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant. It's unclear how strongly the coun...

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