Fukushima mom's decision to move to Hokkaido: "It was just wrong to live in a place where children felt unsafe".
"MAMA REVO." (Mom's revolution), the magazine that cvovers verious issues about radiation protection in Japan, recently joined our netwrok! The magazine is published by-monthly, in both paper and download version.
The following is an excerpt of a letter from a mother who, in July 2011, moved from
Shirakawa city, Fukushima (80km south east from Fukushima NPP), to Hokkaido with her
14 year old daughter and her 12 year old son.
What made me decide to move out of Fukushima was my 12 year old son’s anxious look,
when, in May 2011, he had continuous heavy nose bleeding. He asked me, “Are we okay
to stay here?” Since that moment, it no longer mattered to me whether the nosebleed really
was due to radiation or not – but it was just wrong to live in a place where children felt
My son never said no to my decision, but later I learned that he was actually sobbing when
his friends gave him a farewell at school. I wondered how my daughter felt about
separating from her best friends. Had I known how she felt, it would probably have shaken
my decision to move. I ended up not asking her. But at some point she said to me, “I can
meet my friends anytime as long as we are all safe and sound. So maybe one day they can
laugh about our evacuation and say we were dumb, it was unnecessary after all!”
The children are stuffing their young soul with things they shouldn't have to think about.
Looking at them, I cannot help feeling resentful about the nuclear accident and what has
Despite my worries, my children now seem fully adjusted to our new home in Hokkaido
and enjoying a healthy life here. My daughter started high school, and my son is a cheeky
13 year old. However from time to time, I think about why we are here. We are lucky to be
supported by the remaining family in Fukushima. We have no complaints about our life, but
we do have fear for the future. We worry about the effects of the radiation that we could not
avoid at the time of the accident. And we are concerned about the prejudice and
discrimination that we may face one day. We must live in this extraordinary situation.
About MAMA REVO. Magazine
Some of Kodo-Ken’s members started publishing a journal in April 2012. The aim of the
journal is to provide mainly concerned mothers not only in Fukushima but in other
contaminated areas including Tokyo, as well as all people concerned with radiation and
nuclear power, with necessary and important information about radiation and its danger in
an easy to read/understand manner. The information covers medical aspects of radiation
danger, contamination of food, measurement of radiation dose, lawsuit actions, and the
situations of the people living in contaminated areas. The following are some feature
stories in each issue.
If you are ineterested in subscribing the magazine, please visit here (Japanese only).