The Rancher Who Refused to Leave: A Fukushima Story
Masami Yoshizawa hauled his radiated cows down to Tokyo, demanding that his animals be studied.
It was almost 3:00 p.m. and the highway that led back to Namie and his cattle ranch ran along the coast. Masami’s land was in the hills, away from any waves, but he had no idea if the house or outbuildings were damaged. He couldn’t call Shizue, his sister, who lived with him. He had to get back.
Those within a three-kilometer radius of the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant are instructed to evacuate, those within ten kilometers are advised to stay indoors
Koko mo dame da ne.
Sono uchi nan toka ni naru
Torihiki ha kotowareta.
kesshi kyumei, danketu!Unite, save lives or die trying!
M.W. Larson is a writer, editor, and translator based out of Tokyo. His fiction and essays have appeared in Colorado Review, Ninth Letter, and Witness. mwlarson.com
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