12 May '11, 4am

Nuclear stigma adds to Japan's pain

FUKUSHIMA CITY: Nuclear radiation is not the only invisible enemy threatening Japan's disaster-hit Fukushima -- its people say they also face discrimination and the stigma of being "Japan's Chernobyl". While radioactive material has spewed from the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant over nearby homes since the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami, locals say the psychological fallout extends much further. The nuclear accident has devastated agriculture, fisheries and tourism, even in areas deemed safe by the authorities. Some of those who have left Fukushima since the triple disaster have been turned away from hotels and their children have been bullied. "As a single women in particular, I'm worried about groundless rumours that women from Fukushima should not be chosen as wives," said 23-year-old Yuma Ito, a computer company employee from Iwaki in southern Fu...

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