Graham Smith
July 18, 2012

Officials in Japan have opened Fukushima state’s first beach to swimmers since last year’s nuclear disaster after judging the water to be safe.

About 1,000 people yesterday descended on Nakoso beach, about 40miles south of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, where three reactors melted down after the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

The opening was celebrated with beach volleyball games and hula dancers from a nearby spa.

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