A Japanese fast-food chain, Yoshinoya Holdings, announced it has plans to grow rice and vegetables just 60 miles from the Fukushima power plant.
The chain, which sells stewed beef over rice, will grow onions, cabbage and rice in a joint-venture with local farmers in the area.
“We will employ local people in the factory. We think this will lead to support for reconstruction,” Yoshinoya said in a statement.
A 12-mile mandatory evacuation zone was created around Fukushima after an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 led to the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.
Photo: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (third from right) is briefed about tanks containing radioactive water on a tour of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on Sept. 19, 2013. (AFP – Getty Images, file)