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Posted: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 12:15 pm

TOKYO — A 62-year-old evacuee from Fukushima Prefecture made a brief visit to his radiation-contaminated home, walked to his shuttered shop, and then hanged himself in a storage space.

The death is yet another sad reminder how the March 11, 2011, disaster in Japan continues to claim victims.

On that day, a magnitude-9 earthquake triggered a tsunami which swamped the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, knocking out power to cooling systems and leading to meltdowns in its three operating reactors.

The triple disaster left more than 15,000 dead.

The resulting release of radioactivity forced residents of several towns near the plant to flee their homes, and a 12.5-mile zone around the plant remains closed to the public.

The man was one of tens of thousands who were evacuated. He and his wife were briefly granted entry into the exclusion zone around the plant Sunday, to visit their home and their small store, police said.

After the wife reported him missing, officers and volunteer firefighters in the town of Namie organized a search, police said.

The following day, firefighters found the man’s body in his store’s storage shed.

CNN News Service

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