I had a chance to talk with evacuees from the Tohoku area the other day.
1 A woman around seventy years old
“I told NHK(Japanese broadcaster) that the whole town disappeared.
The water pipe in my house was broken and gushing water.
This was as much water as I used for a whole year.
I saw the Japanese Self Defense Force working hard everywhere.
I saw the heavy machine braking the rubble at full power.
(About the day that the Fukushima nuclear plants exploded. )
I saw that it was gray with light smog as if it was cloudy.
Then I heard the voice from a fire station “Don’t leave your home. “.
So I stayed at home for ten days but I didn’t know what I should do.
At this time I thought that I wouldn’t be able to live in this house anymore.
I really appreciate that I can sleep in a place which has a roof and I can eat food three times per day.
I thank the many workers who helped me.
People who lived in near nuclear power plants are better off than other evacuated people because they can receive a lot of money from TEPCO.
Others whose houses was swept away by tsunami get nothing.
From now I’ll ride my bike to relax. “
She talked us about her experience for thirty minutes while we were standing.
2 A man around twenty years old
“Tonight, I’ll go to watch a baseball game thanks to a ticket donated by the stadium. I have never been to a domed baseball stadium.
Sometimes I need to go out the evacuation center. I’m looking forward to it.”
3 A man around forty years old
“I got a job in Tokyo at last. I have to work for a living. So I’ll prepare to move. “
There are many job offers for evacuees both in Tohoku area and around Tokyo.
I don’t have any comments to add.
“Go for it Japan!” (Ganbaro nihon がんばろう日本)