Three years after the Fukushima disaster,
many of the communities around the nuclear plant remain uninhabitable.
60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon,
pictured here, walks through the town of Tomioka where radiation levels are considered
safe enough to visit during the day, but people must leave by 3 p.m.
Credit: Don Lee/Eric Kerchner
In Tomioka, the disaster seems to have stopped
Credit: David H. Schneider
A clock reads 2:46, the
moment the magnitude 9 earthquake hit -- the strongest quake in Japan's history.
Abandoned shops and homes remain vacant in Tomioka, Japan.
A storefront window -- once advertising a hot meal -- has been left in disarray.
Old newspapers are dated March 12, 2011 -- the day after the quake and tsunami.On that morning, the government ordered the people of Tomioka
and other towns near the nuclear plant to evacuate.
Explosions at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power caused radiation to spread into communities more than 25 miles away.
In the town of Okuma, more than 11,000 people evacuated never to return. The population today? Zero.
A multitude of black bags hold radioactive waste as part of a cleanup effort in Okuma, Japan.
Because of radiation, Norio Kimura, pictured here, can only visit his
former hometown of Okuma 10 times a year for five hours each visit. In
February, his allotted day came in the middle of a blizzard.
Volunteers help Kimura dig through the piles
of debris left by the tsunami. They wear protective
clothing to limit their exposure to radiation.
Kimura is searching for signs of the daughter he lost to the tsunami, Yuna.
The tsunami also killed his father and wife. One hundred and eleven people perished in Okuma on March 11, 2011. The remains of all but Yuna have been recovered.
Kimura brings flowers to a small
shrine he built to honor his family.
On each of his 10 visits, Norio Kimura honors his family.
Kimura visits the cemetery where his ancestors have been laid to rest in Okuma, Japan.
Kimura honors his ancestors in the family
Today, Norio Kimura -- pictured here visiting the family graveyard -- lives with his eldest daughter, Mayu, in the mountains.
Their home is 2,000 feet above sea level and 180 miles from the
Fukushima plant that destroyed their hometown of Okuma.