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Taro Aizu - Japan

Fukushima (a gogyoshibun)

Many residents living near the Fukushima Atomic Power Plant fled after the radioactive leak. Young parents with children or babies sought safe shelter away from the area. But only the elderly people remained.

Even though
residents want to flee,
they can't move anywhere,
having no jobs, no houses,
except in Fukushima.

In particular, old farmers near the plant did not wish to seek refuge elsewhere, even if they were wealthy. They neither wanted to learn new dialects, new customs nor leave their neighbors and friends. They remained to live out their last years.

Though officials say
"Flee from your village!",
old farmers refuse
as they want to stay peacefully
in their hometown,



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