The folk who once lived the exclusion zone around Tokyo Electric's Fukushima Dai-Ichi power plant will never go back to their homes permanently. They have been allowed short supervised visits of an hour or so, just enough time to close curtains, clean out fridges and gather documents and few belongings. The Google Car, however, has spent several months in 2012 and 2013 driving pretty much everywhere in the zone, even right up to the perimeter of the power plant. The towns of Namie, Okuma and Futaba have suddenly become ghost towns. The country roads have almost weeded over and the wreckage from the tsunami bleaches, rusts and becomes covered with weeds.