“Like nearly everyone who lives in Japan, Momoka Muto remembers where she was at 2:46 pm on March 11, 2011. “Me and my grandparents were driving to Fukushima City, then the really strong shaking started. I saw water pipes explode. People in shops and restaurants rushed outside,” she says. “Everybody was panicking.” Up until then, Moto lived a regular adolescent life. She had recently entered high school and relied on others for rides. She was also interested in hardcore music, spending time at cramped live clubs around her home prefecture and eventually forming a band called The FRIDAY with friends. The Great East Japan earthquake, and subsequent disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, changed all that.”

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