Mieko Sasaki
Housewife, 72

From the start nothing was managed properly. I’m upset that nothing has been resolved, even though I am 50-60 km away from (radiation) hot spots. I’m worried for the next generation but I want to say thank you to people from around the world for looking out for us in our hour of need.

Shoei Takahashi
Student, 19

The prefectural and national government are too slow in everything they do, so locals are acting for themselves, and in the end I think this will spread the radioactive materials. I want to see more effort from government at both the local and national level.

Miyuki Yamauchi
Architect, 37

Since the disasters of March 11, 2011, I find I’m always thinking about safety and the potential problems we could face in the future. As an architect, I think we need to budget and make solid plans for rebuilding and urban design, and in that regard, so far, so good.

Yuji Tarasawa
Sales, 24

The government has been collecting a lot of charity aid money since the disasters yet we know nothing about how it is being spent and how it is to be used. They really need to disclose details so local people know what is going on.

Yuka Fukishima
Student, 19

Actually, I live next to an active hot spot, and some people have left, so I am very worried. I want the government to do something to help us, but I think it is ridiculous to spread (contaminated) waste all over the country. We should keep it here in one place and not rely on others.

Yoshihisa Suzuki
Salesman, 45

Although there are a lot of demonstrations (against nuclear power) these days, they are still grassroots movements, and the politicians with the power to change things won’t do so. The government doesn’t care and has done nothing (to help people in Tohoku).

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