Having retired and moved to Fukushima, Mr. Ito says, “I could farm for just one year, in 2010. I made 8 tons of rice. That’s why I am an “apprentice farmer,”
On the policies of the village and the Japanese government, Mr. Ito shares his concern that “they never talk about the risk of radiation exposure,” which is “very frustrating.”
Even now, despite high radiation levels, Iitate Village is host to a variety of complicated problems, such as the construction of a newly certified kindergarten and sports facilities in efforts to encourage young people to the area. Mr. Ito continues to observe these issues up close.
Please listen to this testimony, to hear the voices and ongoing situation of the community in Fukushima (8 mins 45 sec).
Chinese (traditional) https://youtu.be/O3Ag0RbqPk8
Chinese (simplified) https://youtu.be/cThf7oxK5V0