Monday, May 2, 2011

No more comfortable life at the old age that I was looking forward to

(by Ms. Toyoko Kashiwa (57) Minamisoma-City, Fukushima Prefecture, at Niigata City Gymnasium Evacuation Center)

My house suffered only minor damage that the kitchen cabinet was toppled, but due to the accidents at the nuclear power plant, my life was uprooted and we have to live in this shelter. We built a new house and a retirement life of elegant ease was waiting for us, but regretfully it’s all gone. I feel agony and emptiness, but cannot complain when thinking about those who work strenuously even at the plant at the risk of their own lives.

Niigata Daily News, The voices of the evacuees in the prefecture, May 1, 2011

Translated by Makiko Tajima Asano

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