Fukushima mother weeps to reporter: I wish my daughters were never born — “I apologize to them for giving birth”

Published: December 30th, 2011 at 10:04 am ET


Fukushima Mother to Reporter: “I Wish My Daughters Were Never Born”, RocketNews24, Dec. 30, 2011:

[…] as the days passed, the reality of her situation began to sink in. Every day she has to wonder if it’s safe to drink the water or go outside and risk thyroid cancer or other health problems. Even if it doesn’t happen today there is no sign of this situation ending.

“When I think of the worries and hardships they will be burdened with for the rest of their lives I wish they were never born into this. I apologize to them for giving birth to them” the mother wept to the reporter.

As this year comes to an end in Japan people see it as a new beginning and a chance to put bad things behind us. However for many people this is impossible. It takes incredibly desperate circumstances to make a woman say these things about her own children rather than the typical joy that mothers always have. […]

Original report in Nikkei, translated by Babelfish:

Headline: “If you should not have borne”, that the mother said

Fukushima prefecture Shiragawa city which from the Fukushima 1st nuclear plant is prefectural boundary of approximately 70 kilometer leaving and Tochigi prefecture. Even now, the radiation dose being the high place, per hour reaches to approximately 0.60 micro sieverts, exceeds the decontamination standard (per hour 0.23 micro sieverts) of the country. With collection of data of reparations problem of nuclear accident, story was heard in the woman of 48 years old where it lives here. In 14 years old and the sad appeal of the mother who raises daughter 2 of 5 years old, the thinking which is not the [se] which is done collected.

The mother immediately after the accident, “would like to evacuate outside the prefecture”, also you thought. Even then in addition to economic circumstance such as work and housing loan, “we would not like to transfer the daughters”, that you stepped on in evacuation life and were not cut off, the end when you are troubled, you remained in local end.

Although it is the expectation which does best selection ……. “Even when drinking the water, probably there is no damage?”, “being able to lay idle the daughters with the outside, it probably is all right?”, “because the thyroid cancer emerges,” and so on with insecurity of the healthy aspect which is said rises everyday side. There are no times when you think unreasonably with such as marriage and employment? That of future of the daughters is thought, in the sin impression occasion you call the rare [ru].

That when you think, whether “such are worried and suffer hardship the daughters the lifetime back negative [wa], if you should not have borne the [tsu] [te] you think, it is. Bearing, don’t you think? the [me] it is, the [tsu] [te]” and the mother could plug voice.

When [burogu] and the like of the women in childcare is read, “being born the word which thank you for” with you say overflows. When I once upon a time become the mother, you thought that so you probably will think naturally.

Because of that “bearing, don’t you think? the [me] it is”, with word of the mother who is said does not leave offending to the ears.

It ends 2011 nuclear accident happens already, immediately enters New Year. To be declared also the cool temperature stopped state of the nuclear plant on the 16th, as the symptom of focus it probably can also consider. But many pauses not having been attached, the country and Tokyo Electric Power, we do not have to forget in the Fukushima people, you think that.

Because our child is loved very, weight of the word that “if you should not have borne”. I do not forget under any condition.

Published: December 30th, 2011 at 10:04 am ET


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38 comments to Fukushima mother weeps to reporter: I wish my daughters were never born — “I apologize to them for giving birth”

  • HamburgGeiger

    I am very sorry for that mother and her children, and I can perfectly understand her. Our second child was born in April 2011 when the first was 1,5 years old. They both are so wonderful little children, but I blame ourself for having conceived them, too. We should have known better. Now they have to suffer and look forward to a very dark future. I hope we can be with them long enough to protect them as much as possible. Very sad.

    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      Hi HamburgGeiger, that’s a strong and honest statement. Thanks. I’ve wondered myself for quite some time whether to have children or not – I felt it more and more to be an egoistic wish (just because I WANT a child, can I take the responsibility to see it grow up in a world like this? And I imagined my child to ask him/herself the same question in 30 years)
      My biggest concern being climate change, it was at last Fuku that broke the camel’s back for me…

      *enjoy your family!

      • StillJill StillJill

        B&B,…none of my business,…BUT,…your love would be very healing to a child already in need perhaps? Just a thought! I hear your love for a little soul. I saw a woman in the blood lab yesterday with a small boy, 7 or 8. They were a family,…but not. The boy needed blood work and the ‘mom-lady’ asked him if he wanted her to go into the blood draw chair room with him, or not. (From that I knew she was a Foster type). The boy cocked his finger and pointed at her, and them himself,…and we all smiled. Her agape love was healing that little boys 7 or 8 year trauma!

        • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

          Hi Jill, actually, arclight (being a caring lemming) suggested the same thing to me a while ago! How cool! I know restrictions are really tough, and at the moment I only take the time to read for little ones once a week at a library – so much fun!
          Thanks for your thoughts & the story 🙂

        • Whoopie Whoopie

          What a sweet story SJ. BB you’d make a great mother. 🙂

      • HamburgGeiger

        Hi B&B, we also wondered a long time whether to have children or not, and you are right, the decision is kind of egoistic. It is a big adventure and a task to have children and on the other hand it is the greatest thing you can experience on earth. I love to be a father.

        I`ve always been good informed and not naive but in hindsight I have to say that I underestimated how bad the whole situation already was at that point. We saw many problems and near misses over the years but thought it would go well somehow. It did for decades after all. That was a misjudgement, and although I enjoy my family as much as possible under these circumstances, I am heartbroken watching these wonderful and innocent children growing in a world like this.

        I think principally it is a good idea to adopt a child, but I warn you: It is unbelievable hard to be a loving and caring parent these days! You have to bear a lot of agony of mind. A part of me is really suffering, and I can only guess how japanese parents feel nowadays…

        • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

          Thanks for your answer…and the warning, lol 🙂
          I think I’ll stick to reading for them, babysitting and enjoying my free weekends.
          I wish you all the best & greetings to the most beautiful city!

  • Gotham

    The tip of an iceberg…

  • americancommntr

    “Cast all your cares upon Him, for he cares for you.”

  • Japanese officals and WHO ignore irradiated Japanese Children

    March 19, 2011 by Mikkai


    This is a good read, very relevant to the issues then and now !

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      Good point. Posted to HP.

      • arclight arclight

        funny you should say that B AND B ..!! 🙂
        looking around as you do, i came across this..
        might help the mothers of fukushima petition on the UNHCR..
        as we all know that nothing happened in responce to the petition, maybe they could tfy this!!

        “[NEW YORK, Monday 19 December 2011] Today, in a landmark step for children’s rights, the UN General Assembly has adopted a new Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) establishing a complaints procedure for violations of children’s rights.

        The new treaty will enable children, or their representatives, claiming that their rights have been violated to bring a complaint to an international committee of children’s rights experts if they have not been able to get remedies for these violations in their countries. A coalition of over 80 international and national NGOs, coordinated by the NGO Group for the CRC, which has been actively campaigning for the treaty since 2006, welcomed the news.

        “It was high time to put children’s rights on an equal footing with other human rights! Until today, the Committee on the Rights of the Child was the only UN treaty body that was denied the power to examine individual cases,” said Peter Newell, co-chair of the NGO coalition. “Children’s rights are no longer ‘mini rights,” he added.”

        links to the complaints procedure here and other relavent documentation here. looks like IAEACORP are not going to get things all their own way!!


        peace and a happy new year to everyone (you know who you are 🙂 )

        • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

          Hola arclight, that’s finally good news! Thanks for sharing!

          • arclight arclight

            yep b and b
            this should help all legal cases involving children in japan!! this is going to push changes! good news indeed!! seems like the word is going around.. maybe slighting the press was tecoiaeagovernments big mistake.. japanese journalists have friends abroad even if they are stopped printing articles!! be hard for the western press to leave this one alone!! and boy is the info coming out!

            keep em peeled girl!! 🙂
            peace and happy new year!! 🙂

  • ShineTheLight

    I live an ocean away and can understand her fears. I can’t imagine actually living in the deep pit of this hell.

    HamburgGeiger – Our children are about the same age. OB’s and pediatricians have been little help over the last 9 months in trying to mitigate risks. Have you employed any unique protections for your little ones? So hard to know what to do …in a scientific fashion when you have to make so many assumptions about what has happened.

    • HamburgGeiger

      Hi ShineTheLight, as you say, it is hard to know what to do. But we try.

      – I have a geiger measuring 24/7 since October. Hesitated to buy one in march, but better late then never.

      – I wear a gamma watch to have at least an indicator if something goes terribly wrong. Can`t take the geiger with me all the time…

      – I watch the jetstream nearly every day. The children stay indoors when it is unsafe to be outside. On the other days they don`t stay outdoors for too long. They are not allowed to play in the rain or the snow, unfortunately. I LOVE snow… We all try to stay out of it at all costs.

      – We eat more and more local grown and organic food, and we try to eat more vegetarian food. I feel it becomes evermore important to know where your food comes from and what is in it!
      We eat no more fish, no more anything from the pacific or the westcoast of USA and for sure no more asian food. But you can`t avoid the simple things like for example flour, corn or soya. It is in nearly everything. Don`t know what to do about that. Don`t want to eat flour or corn from the USA for sure.
      Ah, I forgot, we try to avoid fastfood and convenience food because you don`t know what is in it. The more complex the more obscure.

      – We don`t drink tap water any longer and buy mineral water instead. But you know, mineral water can have lots of natural radioactivity. So this is one of many confusing things.

      – I don`t feel it is a good idea to take too many health supplements, especially for kids. Too much confusing stuff on the net. So I am careful with that. We take a pill now and then. I don`t want to make my kids ill.

      – Last but not least, I read every free minute here on enenews to stay informed.

    • HamburgGeiger

      I forgot: We try to stock up supplies. But I can`t bring myself to do it right. A part of me still is reluctant to realize what has happened and what perhaps still will happen. That part tries to live a normal life. So until now we have bought pre-fuku-rice and pre-fuku-tuna. Not the real deal, I know… 😉

      • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

        *B&B looks forward to the day when people will finally stop buying tuna
        *extinction, just sayin’

        • HamburgGeiger

          Yes, you are right, I know. But they are so delicious. 😉

          Anyway, it is too late. I have bought enough for our demand until 2014, and after that: No more tuna for me. 😉

    • Howdy Shine. no rain or snow, shoes off at the door, lots of baking soda baths (internal for adults too) and pectin smoothies…homemade pre-fuku powdered milk yogurt. Wash produce in bentonite or zeolite. Good to take internally (with caution) as well. Busby has good and simple cal/mag advice and much more at the rc rad remedies forum

  • My son was working over there when FUKU blew, and was downwind of it for a time…

    I know how it feels as a parent, when your child is exposed to danger, illness or death, and there is little or nothing you can do about it.

    What is under our control is to share information with other parents and their kids about this danger… because the companies are not doing this.

  • ShineTheLight

    I worry an ocean away. This poor woman actually in the midst of this hell trying to protect her innocent children.

    HamburGeiger – Are you utilizing any special remedies to shield your children? I only ask because our kids are similar in age. Main stream medical is no help.

    • HamburgGeiger

      No, they get no remedies at all, just mothers (in times like these more or less) good milk. 😉 And the 2 year old gets a pill with some supplements every two days or so. Nothing special. And of course they eat only very good and healthy food.

    • HamburgGeiger

      ShineTheLight, I did some research on measures that are recommended here to clean the body from radiation, etc. And I came to the conclusion that there are very different opinions on those subjects. I wanted to try all that but after reading about the risks I decided that it may perhaps do more bad then good, especially for small kids. And I don`t want to make my kids or ourselfs ill just because of Fuku-panic. So no baking soda baths, zeolite, etc. for us – maybe later, if fallout gets worse, we take the risk.

      That is one more of those very confusing things, imo.

      • Howdy Hamburg! You have ‘more harm than good’ links please?

        • HamburgGeiger

          No, sorry, I haven`t saved the links. Just researched it for myself some time ago because I felt the urgent need to do more to protect the kids. Before doing and eating all the recommended things I wanted to be sure that it does not cause the opposite. And I found quite a lot in german, and I think also in english, on the net where studies showed that some of these measures just for example smooth the way for cancer.

          Don`t get me wrong – I don`t want to restrain somebody!! I´m just all the more confused about what to do or not to do. So my conclusion was to wait and don`t try these things for now, at least not with the kids.

          • Yes, we must be cautious and do the research as corps.gov is not giving out many secrets. I personally worry most about bio-accumulation of radiation in the body and the multiplication of effects in children. If you happen across your studies again, please post them in the ene combat rads thread. Thank you and best to you and yours.

            • ShineTheLight

              The problem with all of this is that we are forced to make assumptions in the absence of absolute information. It is a poor way to administer a remedy. And Chemfood, yes I worry about the bio accumalation. If you read TacomaGrove’s rant the other night she is predicting apples at 200 CPM after this nuclear winter. Apples from Northern Hemisphere are not currently on our edible list, but that is only one example. Not sure how we are going to be able to eat ANYTHING the longer daymare/nightmare continues.

  • ShineTheLight

    Thank you HamburgGeiger and Chemfood. We have been deploying most of these since March. Living in California we had a supply of pre-Fuk food supplies stashed in case of an earthquake that lasted for a bit. Now we TRY to buy foreign or away from known rainouts/high radnet readings when we can…and are aware All of this is counter to how we had been living—-locally grown organic produce/meat/eggs or our own garden. It’s depressing trying to grocery shop and make meals. Blessed that we are not starving….but it stresses the mind to think your tally of unknown radiation might be. We try hard I try to counter the worry …with the happy times. And, am thankful for those of you that are witnessing and speaking out on this crime.It’s a lonely rock of truth that we inhabit. If I had known (or better trusted my instinct) I should have left the Northern Hemisphere. I’ll try the baking soda baths. I don’t think that I can utilize them as I am nursing an infant. Everything I read states that a whole body detox is not good in this circumstance.. Limited time outside, no snowmen, no ice cream. All super SMALL stuff…I realize. But it is a different childhood

    • HamburgGeiger

      Yes, it is not the childhood I had and not the childhood I wished for my children. But unfortunately these sad circumstances are real now, and we have to make the best out of it.

      Most of our friends have small children or babies, too. And they all ignore the whole Fuku thing. They let there little ones play in the rain and in puddles. I would love to allow this to my kids, but I think we have to protect them as much as possible. Don`t know what it is good for – perhaps those falling ill first are better off in the end – but who knows? Future will tell.

  • micyoung

    We live in the Bay Area and have a 4-year-old and a 15-month-old. At first I bought an entire pre-Fukushima food supply and as it ran out, we made our way to New Zealand and Australia for 7-months of traveling (avoiding US) but now we have to return to sort out our apartment, etc. What we did while we were there, and what we will do again, is take bentonite with each meal, and small daily dosages with iodine, and high dosage anti-oxidant vitamins. We avoided the rain or digging in the dirt and such activities. Couldn’t do much more to protect our breathing in of potential microscopic fission particles. All we can do is hope/pray that the damage was limited and reversible. Having 7 months away was relieving but having an entirely organic diet down under was nearly impossible given the costs down here. Ultra expensive. We do our best. That’s all we can do. Feels better to be proactive than not. Any suggestions of safe, affordable places to live at in the southern hemisphere away from any potential radiological emissions. For ex, Argentina was a few reactors, so that makes me avoid Chile and Argentina. Any other ideas? Where is the ideal place to live now? I’ve seen YouTube videos of a guy in Melbourne measuring radioactivity in his rain water drench materials. Don’t really even know if down under is safe.

  • Stephengn

    “Don’t really even know if down under is safe.”

    It’s the safest as near as I can tell. New Zealand is so beautiful and apart from the recent earthquakes on the south island relatively disaster free. Its geographical position shields it somewhat from the initial ravages of climate change and the culture there is good from what I understand.

    I have a feeling that as climate change and this Fukushima mess rolls on that New Zealand will become a favorite destination and residence of the very wealthy and the standard of living their will be very high. All eyes will be on how the radiation is carried by the ocean currents in the southern hemisphere

    • arclight arclight

      my gieger picked up with new zealand butter a few months ago! made me think! and the normal pulses into the southern hemisphere have definately reached there from what ive picked up here on enenews!

      nowhere is clear!

    • HamburgGeiger

      Stephengn, I don`t think New Zealand is such a good option. It has been irradiated long ago by the atomic bomb tests in the south pacific. Furthermore it is downwind from Australia with its uranium mining, isn`t it? And last but not least there are ocean currents from japan to Australia / New Zealand, if I remember it right.

      The sad truth is, there is no place to hide on this planet – not for us and not for the wealthy.

  • ShineTheLight

    Mic – Wonderful that you were able to be proactive and travel to the southern hemisphere. I thought this might be of interest to you and others.

    Topic: Where to go in a nuclear world.

    Also, sorry about my typos and clarity in my posts—trying to research while watching the kiddos.