Ōkuma, Fukushima

City in Fukushima prefecture, Japan
Location of Okuma in Fukushima prefecture

Ōkuma (大熊町, Ōkuma-machi) is a Japanese town in Fukushima Prefecture on the island of Honshu.


The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant was built in Okuma.[1]

The area was evacuated because of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011.[2]

According to the New York Times in 2013, the people of Ōkuma, like many other communities in Fukushima, are "starting to come to terms with a sobering realization: their old homes are probably lost forever, and they must start anew elsewhere."[3]

The people who used to live in Ōkuma are called "nuclear refugees".[4]


There are three towns, one village, one city, and one district next to Ōkuma.

Sister cityEdit

A sister city relationship was established with Bathurst, New South Wales in Australia.[5]


Related pagesEdit


  1. Yasushi Kaneko, "2 towns at risk of disappearing; Okuma, Futaba face uncertain future due to nearby crippled N-plant," Yomiuri Shimbun, 9 Jan 2012; archived 2013-3-12.
  2. "Analysis: A month on, Japan nuclear crisis still scarring," International Business Times (Australia). 9 April 2011; excerpt, "The inability of Japanese authorities to regain full control of the plant will make villages nearby uninhabitable for a long time ..."; Archived 18 April 2011 at WebCite
  3. Tabuchi, Hiroko. "Uprooted by Tsunami, Church's Flock Regroups". New York Times. 11 March, 2013; retrieved 2013-3-12.
  4. "'Nuclear refugees' visit their home near stricken Fukushima plant," NBC News. 7 March 2013; retrieved 2013-3-12.
  5. "Sister City", Bathhurst Regional council

Other websitesEdit

  Media related to Okuma, Fukushima at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 37°24′16″N 140°59′1″E / 37.40444°N 140.98361°E / 37.40444; 140.98361