Sunday, April 24, 2011

Our newly built house washed away, only 33-year mortgage remains

(by Ms. Mika Tanaka (32), Yuriage, Natori City, Miyagi Prefecture, at an evacuation shelter, Natori City Culture Center, Natori City, Miyagi Prefecture)

The house we rebuilt only a year and a half ago was washed away by the tsunami.

We chose the white wall and floor after thinking it over and over for our new house. We still have 33 years mortgage loan to pay. Insurance paid for the damage, but it did not cover even the half of the remainder that we owe. We’d like to move out from the shelter, but we cannot afford to rent a house big enough for a family of seven and make payment for the loan; moving out from the shelter means resumption of the loan payment. My friends at the shelter have similar problem.

Asahi Shimbun, April 23, 2011
Translated by Makiko Tajima Asano

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