The Requiem again

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Mar 11, 2012 12:15 #311fromjapan

A dairy farmer lived peacefully in a small village near the Fukushima
Nuclear Power Plant with his Philippine wife and two sons. His family
was very happy as he kept about 40 cows and worked very hard with his
wife together every day. He built a new workshop to earn more money
because his sons were very young. He prepared a new satchel for his
elder son and expected that the entrance ceremony at the elementary
school would be held in April when the cherry blossoms were in full
bloom around the school ground.

But the Fukushima Plant exploded after a huge tsunami hit Fukushima
on March 11. The wind from the plant spread the cesium all over the
fields,mountains and houses of his village. The milk from his cows
contained lots of cesium as he had fed them grass which he had mowed
there every morning. He threw out all the milk contaminated by the
cesium every day so he couldn't get any money in April.

His wife evacuated from the village to The Philippines with their two
sons before the entrance ceremony at the elementary school because they
were concerned for the health of their sons. He remained by himself and
kept working in Fukushima for a while. At last he gave up milking the cows
and went after his wife and sons in The Philippines.

However, he was not able to understand the Philippine languages. So he
could not get a job there. He returned to Fukushima alone in May. But
he had neither cows nor his family in the village. He was a tree without

A dairy farmer
left this message
on a wallboard:
"If the Plant hadn't exploded,
I wouldn't have killed myself."