"Since my first visit to Fukushima, which was only a few weeks after the explosion, I have visited the region almost monthly. The more I go back, the more I see that things are not changing. After one year, I realized the need to come back to the region to keep document the ongoing effects. One thing I found and focused on was that “unchange” is a true hardship for people."
- Kosuke Okahara, recipient of a 2012 Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography. See more from Okahara’s continuing documentation of Fukushima on In Focus.
Image: Takami and Noriko Ohara check on their abandoned and damaged house in the exclusion zone. They used to run a small shop in the area.They said they would like to come back to live here but they are not optimistic. (Photo by Kosuke Okahara)