First store opens in Okuma Town, Fukushima

A convenience store has opened in the town of Okuma near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

The outlet is the first commercial facility to open in the town since evacuation orders following the 2011 nuclear disaster were partially lifted in April.

Located in front of a new town hall, the shop drew town officials and residents wishing to purchase drinks and foods when it opened on Monday morning.

Okuma Town had planned to build a commercial facility by February of next year that would house nine shops, including the convenience store that opened on Monday.

But the town was unable to find a company willing to carry out the construction work.

As a result, the convenience store is now operating on a temporary basis.

Two more stores plan to open, also on a temporary basis, before the end of June.

The moves come as some Okuma town residents last Saturday began moving into public housing units built in the town.

The store manager said they want to support the people of Okuma with a range of meals and daily commodities.