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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

Fujisawa: How has the Fukushima nuclear disaster changed your life?


By CHARLES LEWIS

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Tatsuya Akizuki, 50s
Public employee (Japanese)
Something has changed in my mind because of the disaster, but I can't really explain it. I haven't changed my habits much except for drinking more.

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Mark McVicar, 37
Language school owner (Canada)
I use less electricity and drive less — basically everything. I've been buying organic food since before the disaster, and because I have small children, I now only order food from the south or far north.

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Keiko Horiya, 30s
Housewife (Japanese)
I was pregnant when the disaster happened, so I was concerned about what I ate at that time, but since my baby was born seven months ago I'm not that worried anymore.

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Russ, 56
Sales and marketing (American)
No, I haven't changed anything really. I just took a vacation in Fukushima, as a matter of fact. The only thing that I can think of is I have continued to drive less since the gasoline shortages.

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Yuka Okubo, 30
Housewife (Japanese)
If it was only my husband and I we wouldn't worry, but because we have a child we're concerned about vegetables from Tohoku and try to avoid them if at all possible.

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Hironobu Murayama, 36
Photographer (Japanese)
I'm very concerned about the safety of food and water because I have a young child. I try to buy food that I think is safe, but due to economic considerations sometimes it's difficult.

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