24 Avril 2017
April 24, 2017
Udon restaurant reopens in Fukushima village
An udon noodle restaurant has reopened in a village near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant about a month after Japan's government lifted the area's evacuation order.
Yoshiharu Takahashi inherited the 60-year-old restaurant in Iitate from his father. But the 2011 nuclear accident forced him to evacuate to Fukushima City, where he set up his business again. Now, he's back on home turf.
On Sunday, Takahashi skillfully prepared dough for noodles and then hung up his open-for-business sign.
A steady stream of customers, including evacuees visiting the area to prepare for their move back, came to taste the locally made udon.
Local officials say it's the 1st eating establishment to be reopened in the village since the evacuation order was lifted.
A woman in her 60s says Takahashi's noodles taste as delicious as they used to. She says she feels grateful Iitate now has a restaurant and that she'll visit Takahashi's often after she returns to the village.
Takahashi says he's very happy many people came to eat his udon and that he hopes his restaurant will give the village a boost.