“straight from the horse’s mouth”Said the interviewer.I was interviewed as an evacuee from a nuclear disaster, connecting LA and my home with Skype.
This is a story about the health problems that occur in Japan
Please share it‼️ (Shimosawa Yoko)
It is not very easy to talk about health damage on my family or people I know who are affected by radiation. It’s privacy issue. So today I would like to share some stories of my friend who was also evacuated from Tokyo area with her daughter because she got ill too just like my daughter.
Her daughter is one year older than my daughter
My friend’s age is around 50.
At first I’ll tell you what happened in the first few months following the nuclear accident,
she saw many people have died or fell to the disease.
A local doctor who was in his 50’s and a man owned a flower shop, around age 40 died of sudden death.
Many people , like her deliveryman, her yoga teacher, and her friends, one after another, got incurable disease.
So many kids of her friend’s were taken in to the ambulance due to heatstroke.
Some of them were taken to the hospital more than once.
Her husband’s friend had swollen lymph in his legs and could not walk at all.
A carpenter she was familiar with came down with unknown illness for a couple of month.
Her husband got severe skin inflammation, over his armpit to stomach
This all happened within a few month.
Next I am going to talk about what was going on around her after 5 years of the nuclear accident.
There were a lot of death around her.
My friend and her old college friends gathered together after a long time, man and woman all together 7 of them.
And she was surprised to know that half of their mother and father, half of their father-in-law and mother-in-law have passed away. The rest of half fell ill or needed nursing.
And more death followed.
Her senior’s mother and her friend’s mother were in their 70’s.
Her friend husband was in his 50.
Her husband mother was in her 40.
They all died of sudden death.
And more death and disease..
Her child preschool teacher’s mother and sister. They both died only two weeks after they were
diagnosed with cancer.
Her nephew’s friend who was 18 became leukemia.
Her niece’s best friend, 16 years old and her school junior 15 years old died. In three month
they have both died from sudden death.
Her acquaintance who teaches at cram school seriously concerns about significant deterioration of mental ability of her students.
A kid who she knows suffered from sudden memory loss and could not even recognize his parents name, He was later diagnosed with intellectual disabilities.
It’s an endless story so I’ll finish it here.