Boo-hoo-hoo Fukushima Diary, Part 13

Couple disagrees over where they feel safe

A total of 682 days have passed since the disaster, and things seem to have settled down quite a bit. At least life in Fukushima City appears to be going on as usual.

But I still don’t think it’s a good place to raise children. The government drew the borderline for the evacuation area with the budget in mind, so it’s very different from what I think would be a good border.

Meanwhile, unlike me, my wife thinks Fukushima City is a safe enough place for us to live, and she wants to move back there from Aizu Wakamatsu, the city we evacuated to.

A total of 617 days have passed since we changed our children’s residence certificates to Aizu Wakamatsu. While we somehow manage to appear to lead a normal life, our family is unsettled over our plans for the future.

We finally decided to rent an apartment in April and move out of my parents’ house, but my wife and I basically have different ideas about things. From time to time we have small conflicts. There’s no respite from these small conflicts – not on New Year’s Eve, not on New Year’s Day. They suddenly arise when we’re enjoying time together as a family.

(Originally published on January 22, 2013)