[Voices of the Disaster Survivors]
But the government has lifted its restrictions on inhabitants’ return to contaminated areas.
“Even in the same building, the disaster survivors no longer talk to each other. Everybody has changed. Before, they used to reach out to one another and have tea, but they no longer care about one another. Everybody has become depressed. Locals think of us as trash. They think we disaster survivors are living off the money from the power company. Since we evacuated, real estate prices have gone up. The apartments are gone, and hospitals have become crowded. So I can understand how the locals feel."
Even now, victims are still in need of food and basic items for daily living.
"Next time they put us into temporary housing, they should divide us according to villages. Like now, one temporary construction has different people from different villages, which makes it hard to work together. Each village has different festivals. If people are from same village, they know each other's faces, and they will not be lonely. If they are sick, they can support each other. But now, if we want to do that, we are told it's private information. We are told to mind our own business. Even the president of the community cannot do anything. We brought this up to the administration when we moved in, but they did not listen."
The gubernatorial election in Fukushima will be held on October 26th. One disaster survivor said:
"I think the former mayor of Futaba, Mr. Idogawa, said the right thing. He said it was right to be afraid of radiation and to evacuate the residents as far away as possible. However, residents who evacuated outside the Fukushima Prefecture could not receive any government benefits. We suffered because we left the Prefecture; we were unable to receive relief supplies, unable to relocate into the temporary housing as a village. Mr. Idogawa is right that in order to avoid radiation, it's better to evacuate far away. I think so too. But then, why won’t the government really help the Fukushima evacuees?"
One day, we will face our own death, and the settlement of all that we have done in life. If one has done his or her best to serve other people's happiness, he or she will acquire peace and fulfillment. He or she will receive blessings from the heavens, and will be surrounded by happiness and delight. On the other hand, if one ignores other people's misery, he or she will suffer from one's conscience, and will have to ask for atonement. Our lives are a gift that we’ve received from heaven. It is our life’s work to choose how we want to brighten that gift. –*The Power of Living*, 8th Edition