Iwaki mom's courage to tell her story: ''I learned first hand that there is no way to protect my children unless I take action''

Miko Tsukamoto, an music instructor,  left Iwaki-city to protect her children from radiation, after being exposed to initial high dose of radiation which had released from damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear powerplants. Now she lives in KitaKyusyu-city, Fukuoka prefecture, with her family. She attively involves in activities such as educating others about radiation related. Miko and her group made a YouTube video message. 

 

The text version of her speech can be read on the website of Kitakyu kodomo wo mamoru netwrok (Network for Protecting Children in Kitakyu). 

 

いわき市より北九州市に避難されたミコさんのメッセージは、「北Q子どもをまもるねっとわーく」にて読む事ができます。

 

English here

日本語 Japanese here

 

Here is a message of MIko, extracted from YouTube page. 

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You have my consent to translate [my story] into English. 
I try to limit myself to describing what I personally saw, 
experienced, or what I talked about with another person. 
So it's rather low-keyed.
Honestly, I can go on forever about the kind of 
health issues that require medical treatment. 
For example, the cousin of my acquaintance had a baby 
several months after the earthquake
-- this baby was born with a hole in the heart. 
Or that an acquaintance, my sister and her husband,
and another relative were all diagnosed with cancer 
and had to undergo surgery.
And there were nearly 20 cases of "Nii-bon" last year.
(*The first summer "Bon" service held after death.)
There are similar episodes to share, 
but I omit them on purpose -- or else people will treat me 
like I've been 'mentally affected' by radiation. 
I can't talk about them even if I wanted to. 
That's the tragedy of Fukushima. 

Miko Tsukamoto

Network for Protecting Children in Kitakyu

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