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Yauemon Sato is the owner of a 226-year-old sake brewery in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan. In 2013, he launched a local power company hoping to revive a region suffering in the wake of the 2011 disaster and nuclear accident.
People who know Yauemon call him "a dump truck with broken brakes". He's quick to put his ideas into action. He's now working on a project to generate renewable energy in a village that was evacuated following the meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Yauemon has teamed up with farmer Minoru Kobayashi to realize his dream. But they soon had to face reality: the radioactive decontamination effort is far from over and former residents are reluctant to return.
Fukushima Reborn recounts Yauemon's passionate campaign to save the region he loves so much. The documentary looks at life in present-day Fukushima, a beautiful part of Japan struggling to get out from under a dark cloud.