On March 11, 2011, at 14:46 JST, I was fetching papers from the printer in my office in Shin-Yokohama, when the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in Japan’s history hit the Tohoku area (northeast part) of the country. The earthquake, a 9.0 on the Richter scale, unleashed a powerful tsunami that destroyed hundreds of kilometers of coastline, killed thousands of people and crippled the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. The latter accident meant the beginning of the end of our life in Japan.
Our decision to leave the country has been the toughest decision we have ever had to make so far, but the fear of radiation exposure and the electricity shortage resulted from reduced grid capacity did not leave us with any other option, especially with our 2-month-old child in our arms.
These events changed our lives forever and I felt obliged to put our story on paper, primarily for my daughter, Lily, who will be seeking answers about her Japanese roots in the near future. Others may also learn from our experiences during this critical period of time and I also wanted to share my views on the consequences of one of the worst nuclear disasters in history.
Hungarian – Japanese bilingual edition (published in March 2017)
English – Japanese bilingual edition is scheduled for March 2018
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ポポウィチュ・ペーテル : 3.11〜愛する日本を去る日