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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