This is the report from Hiroki Kanno (18 years old) from Iitate-mura branch of Fukushima.
It is about his home town that still nobody can live in even five years after the accident
at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
Hiroki has graduated from high school and entered a police school.
Therefore this is the last report from him.
3/11 Kids’ Photo Journal
Five years after the disaster
It is the fifth year after The Great East Japan Earthquake on 11th March, 2016.
This year is called a “turning point” but decontamination work hasn’t finished yet so we don't feel any turning point.
At Iitate-mura village, once decontamination work has finished it will have a declaration of return to village which means the evacuation has finished.
When the disaster happened I was in first grade of junior high school.
Last year I was in third grade of high school and this year I have graduated from high school.
The decontamination work is progressing and there are lots of flexible storage bags of contaminated material for disposal.
It was planned that once the decontamination work will be finished the evacuation order will be lifted.
Even if the decontamination work hasn’t finished, I wonder whether the flexible container bag will
be removed or not?
Or should we live with the contaminated material in those flexible storage bags?
At the time of the disaster the wild animals, that used to live in the mountains, came to village
for eating vegetables and flowers which was grown by the village people.
They are not afraid of people anymore.
A man said “Wild boar is master and we are visitor.”
I feel the village environment has changed a lot in these five years.
When we go back to the village we have to face to a lot of problems to be solved.
Hiroki Kanno, 18 years old / Iitate-mura, Fukushima (3/11 Kids’ Photo Journal)
English translation: Kazuyo Kitada
English proofreading: Peter Schonstein