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  • Jimmy Choo finds right fit with sole couture line
    Fukushima (Japan) (AFP) - Haute couture shoemaker Jimmy Choo says he is happy to focus on his own exclusive footwear line, amid reports the famous brand bearing his name -- but with which he is no longer associated -- could be set for a flotation worth $1.7 billion. I still carry on my couture, they still carry on the Jimmy Choo ready to wear," he said in an interview with AFP. "Now and then ...  

  • Jimmy Choo creates Fukushima shoes line
    Fukushima (Japan) (AFP) - Designer Jimmy Choo unveiled a one-off range of shoes in Japan on Friday, made using materials and techniques native to the disaster-hit Fukushima area, in a bid to boost the profile of artisans there. Choo was inspired to come up with the creations after visiting workshops in the area, which is struggling to overcome the tsunami-sparked nuclear catastrophe that hit in ...  

  • Manager at Japan's Fukushima plant admits radioactive water 'embarrassing'
    By Yuka Obayashi OKUMA, Japan (Reuters) - The manager of the Fukushima nuclear power plant admits to embarrassment that repeated efforts have failed to bring under control the problem of radioactive water, eight months after Japan's prime minister told the world the matter was resolved. Tokyo Electric Power Co, the plant's operator, has been fighting a daily battle against contaminated water ...  

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About Chernobyl

So where is Chernobyl and what happened there?

Chernobyl is a city in northern Ukraine that has been abandoned since 1986 due to a well-known nuclear accident of catastrophic proportions that is referred to as the Chernobyl Disaster. Although Chernobyl is largely uninhabited, there are still a small amount of people that live in the general area. There are also some personnel of the Zone of Alienation (the 30 km/19 mi exclusion zone around the site of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster is administered by a special administration) that are stationed around the city. Before the Chernobyl Disaster, the city had about 14,000 residents.

Chernobyl Disaster

Boom goes nuclear reactor #4.

People with an interest in the world’s biggest civilian nuclear disaster can visit the Chernobyl power plant starting in 2011. The Ukrainian government hopes to attract tourists in order to bring some money into the economy. Where tourists are allowed to go, how long they may stay, and what they eat while visiting Chernobyl will be carefully controlled. After the Chernobyl Disaster, it was uncertain how contaminated the surroundings were, and so the authorities declared an arbitrary distance from the reactor to be off-limits to people. Researchers later found that some areas within the Chernobyl exclusion zone contained only low levels of radiation.