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Fukushima fishermen fight to pass on skills March 11,2019   |  Source: Japan News Yomiuri

Fishermen in Fukushima Prefecture of Japan are struggling to pass their skills on to the younger generation because they have been unable to resume regular fishing operations since the disaster at Tokyo Power Company Holdings Inc.'s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in 2011.

Currently, trial fishing is conducted only two or three times a week in waters off the prefecture, giving younger fishermen few opportunities to learn new skills.

In the small hours of Wednesday, Fumio Suzuki and his son Fumiaki of Iwaki went fishing for the first time in a week. Fumiaki, 27, began working aboard his father's boat after graduating from high school, but the nuclear accident occurred just one year later.

Suzuki's boat set off at 2 a.m. and headed for a point about 15 kilometers off the coast. Fumio, 53, skillfully maneuvered his vessel while pulling up fishing nets, paying careful attention to obstacles on the seabed.

Looking at his father, who has spent 35 years on the sea, Fumiaki said, "How long will it take before I can do that?"

The boat returned to the port at 8 a.m. after reeling in nets just once.

"Until the disaster happened, I was on the boat every day learning how to fish," Fumiaki recalled. "But now I sometimes have trouble remembering all the steps that I once


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