The Road to Decommissioning Fukushima Daiichi

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Footage from 2 months after the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident showed severe damage to the reactor building. In 2015, a remote-controlled robot advanced deep into the plant's center for the first time where high radiation levels prohibit human entry. Deposits that appeared to be "nuclear fuel debris," molten fuel fused with the structure, were first confirmed in 2017. Removal of the debris, the most difficult part of decommissioning, was set to start in 2021 but was postponed due to COVID-19 in a late 2020 announcement. "The road to decommissioning" will continue through generations. NHK will keep documenting the process to ensure that we never forget.