Regarding the story “Film, shows tell stories of Fukushima evacuees” in the May 6 edition, I was one of the 60 people in Amberieu en Bugey — a small town outside Lyon, France — who had the privilege to see Hidenobu Fukumoto’s film “Munen” and to listen to him and the four evacuees who were with him that night in our little community center.

There is a nuclear power plant which is very close to Amberieu. Even though they could not speak French and we could not speak Japanese, the emotion, the sympathy, the empathy were very strong and powerful. I can only thank them. It is important that people should literally take the pain to bear witness to such terrible horror.


The opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are the writer’s own and do not necessarily reflect the policies of The Japan Times.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.