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Shown on TV wearing protective coveralls and a surgical mask to protect against radiation as she joined a small group of evacuees entering the 12-mile no-go zone around the Fukushima plant, she placed a bouquet at the site of her aunt and uncle’s former house in Namie.

“You must have been so scared,” Ms. Oshimizu said, referring to her relatives, who perished in the tsunami. “Until today I was not able to accept the reality. But today I’m going to face it and move on.”

Malcolm Foster reported from Tokyo. Associated Press writers Mari Yamaguchi in Tokyo and George Jahn in Vienna, Austria, contributed to this report.


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