Elderly Fukushima woman kills self ‘to evacuate to grave’, Mainichi, July 9, 2011:
A 93-year-old woman, dejected over the ongoing nuclear crisis, was found hanged at her home in Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, in late June, leaving behind suicide notes that said in part, “I will evacuate to the grave. I am sorry.”
After hydrogen explosions at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant in March, the woman was forced to evacuate to the house of her second daughter in Soma and was later hospitalized for two weeks before returning May 3 to her house in Minamisoma, subject to a possible emergency evacuation order due to the nuclear disaster.
“If we have to evacuate again, elderly people (like me) will become a drag,” her suicide note said. [...]
Her four suicide notes addressed to her family, ancestors and a close neighborhood friend were later found in the house. “My heart is in my mouth everyday due to news of the nuclear power plant,” she wrote to her family. [...]
Her son and his wife told the Mainichi, “Please tell your readers why she killed herself.”
Published: July 10th, 2011 at 2:56 pm ET