Mikio Watanabe’s Fukushima home is contaminated with radiation and filled with the nightmares of his wife’s horrific suicide.
“I can still see it,” says the 62-year old, the tears welling in his eyes.
What he sees is Hamako, his wife of 58 years, on fire and scorched.
The 58-year-old doused herself in kerosene and set herself on fire last July after slipping into an overwhelming depression.
As evacuees from last year’s Fukushima nuclear disaster, Mikio and Hamako lost everything: their home, their jobs, and any hope for the future.
“If there was no nuclear accident, we wouldn’t have gone through this terrible thing,” he says. “This is TEPCO’s fault.”
Watanabe’s lawsuit seeks to elevate his wife’s suicide beyond the horror tale whispered among evacuees. “Watanabe’s case is very symbolic,” says his attorney Tsugio Hirota.
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