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Fujisawa: How has the Fukushima nuclear disaster changed your life?

by Charles Lewis

Tatsuya Akizuki, 50s
Public employee (Japanese)
Something has changed in my mind because of the disaster, but I can’t really explain it. I haven’t changed my habits much except for drinking more.


Mark McVicar, 37
Language school owner (Canada)
I use less electricity and drive less — basically everything. I’ve been buying organic food since before the disaster, and because I have small children, I now only order food from the south or far north.


Keiko Horiya, 30s
Housewife (Japanese)
I was pregnant when the disaster happened, so I was concerned about what I ate at that time, but since my baby was born seven months ago I’m not that worried anymore.


Russ, 56
Sales and marketing (American)
No, I haven’t changed anything really. I just took a vacation in Fukushima, as a matter of fact. The only thing that I can think of is I have continued to drive less since the gasoline shortages.


Yuka Okubo, 30
Housewife (Japanese)
If it was only my husband and I we wouldn’t worry, but because we have a child we’re concerned about vegetables from Tohoku and try to avoid them if at all possible.


Hironobu Murayama, 36
Photographer (Japanese)
I’m very concerned about the safety of food and water because I have a young child. I try to buy food that I think is safe, but due to economic considerations sometimes it’s difficult.

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