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Namie, Futaba District, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan

Namie, Futaba District, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan

Namie (浪江町 Namie-machi) is a town in Futaba District, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.
As of 2003, the town had an estimated population of 22,068 and a population density of 98.92 persons per km². The total area is 223.10 km². The town was heavily damaged in the 11 March 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami and hastily evacuated shortly thereafter due to the radiation threat from the Fukushima I nuclear accidents. It was not searched for bodies until more than one month after the tsunami.
On 15 April 2012, the city of Namie asked the Japanese government for free health-care for its residents. To monitor the long-term health the city would provide to all inhabitants health handbooks, in order to keep a thorough record of all health checks and thyroid examinations. The health books were made like the books used to monitor the health of the atomic bomb survivors in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. These "hibakusha" health books were free from medical fees, and Namie asked the government to set up a similar program for the people in Namie. Of the seven other cities around the nuclear plant, Futaba town was also willing to take part in this program.

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