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https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-03-23/photos-see-japans-nuclear-legacy-fukushima-hiroshimaHis grandfather, Jacob Beser, helped drop nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. His research into both nuclear weapons and nuclear power turned him into an anti-nuclear activist. What follows is a photo essay that documents the effects of both nuclear weapons and nuclear power, through Beser’s eyes.

March 23, 2017 · 4:30 PM EDT

In 2011, Beser set out to learn more about the long-term impact of the US nuclear bombings of Japan. But the year he traveled there, a tsunami struck the Fukushima nuclear power plant, causing an explosion and meltdown that left much of the area uninhabitable.

His research into both nuclear weapons and nuclear power turned him into an anti-nuclear activist. What follows is a photo essay that documents the effects of both nuclear weapons and nuclear power, through Beser’s eyes.

One part of that disaster remains devastating. A triple nuclear meltdown has created 70,000 nuclear refugees who will never be able to go home in Fukushima. Even as they resettle and lose the legal status “displaced,” their lives will never be the same. Photos: See Japan’s nuclear legacy — from Fukushima to Hiroshima | Public Radio International