my migrant story


I moved to Berlin from Tokyo on 1 February 2012.
because I was really fed up with the Japanese government.

On 11 March 2011, before 3pm, there was a major earthquake in Fukushima. I was still sleeping at home in Tokyo. Tokyo was shaking quite a bit, but I was used to earthquakes, so I was lying in bed and thinking, "What? But isn't this one a bit too big?" But I didn't move. I heard something fall in the next room. When the unexpectedly big and long tremor stopped, I went to the next room and found that the TV had fallen. I put the TV back and turned it on, and found that Fukushima was on intensity 7 and Tokyo was on intensity 5. At least my house was safe, so now I was worried about what was happening to my Oden-bar I was running. It would have been bad if something had gone wrong and there had been a fire. to take shower I turned on the tap, but there was no hot water. Well, I looked on Twitter and saw that there were instructions on how to disable the safety device, so I followed them, took a shower and headed for Shibuya by bicycle. I encountered a huge crowd of people walking in a group around Matsumizaka. The trains had completely stopped and everyone was moving on foot. It was a bizarre sight, like refugeesin the herd. In my shop, all the bottles were safe, and as I recall, only one plate was broken.

next day the nuclear power plant had exploded. It was like a nightmare. Oh, why didn't I oppose nuclear power properly?
I went to the third demonstration in front of TEPCO after the accident. There were only 10 participants, probably because it was raining.(Incidentally, Tokyo has a population of 139,600,000.) I didn't know about the first one and didn't go to the second one because of the rain, so I had to go even though it was raining, and suddenly I had to say something over the loudspeaker because there was nobody else there. I had kept going to the demonstration every weekend until end of August, but highest number of ppl was 1,200 people. I despaired that people in this country are not angry.
Politicians on TV say that there is no immediate physical effect. What are these people talking about, you know Chernobyl, right? You know what happened to the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, right? Politicians don't want to protect people. What do we pay taxes for? Wasn't money supposed to be paid for the value of something?
I go to demonstrations in vehement opposition to nuclear power, yet my life is supported by the electricity produced by nuclear power plants, and my electricity bill is running the plants. I was sick of this contradiction. At that time in Japan, one group of power companies sold electricity for the whole country, it was a monopoly market. I did not know that in other countries you can choose your power company.
After the accident, I became concerned about the origin of the food-ingredients for my Oden shop, and signs on the menus of oden-bar clearly stated where the ingredients came from. The shop was in Shibuya, where there are many restaurants, but none of them did that. A vegan restaurant called Nagi Shokudo had it written, but I don't know of any others. Capitalism scares me. Contaminants are still flowing out of Fukushima and into the sea.
At the end of August, I thought I had lost it because the number of demonstrators did not increase. I am tired of being angry every day and my life is over if I keep getting angry like this. I thought I had to run away somewhere because this country is no good. I called the German embassy to ask for asylum, but they told me that Japan is a decent country and I cannot get asylum. Merkel is a female chancellor and she made it clear after Fukushima that she would leave nuclear power. I had some old friends in Frankfurt. I liked art, so Berlin would have a lot of subculture and it was cheaper than Paris or London. So I decided to move, folded my shop, got rid of the stuff I had accumulated in my room and moved to Berlin on 1 February 2012, with no friends at all.

Even after 10 years, the German language is difficult and I can't learn it at all, the culture is completely different, there is racism and living abroad is tough. There are a lot of hardships, but I can't bring myself to go back to my home country where everything is easy for me. I consider myself a political refugee.

btw, It is not right to hold up nuclear power again as a green and cheap energy source because Putin's war has increased the price of energy and we need to stop using fossil fuels to stop the destruction of the environment. Nuclear power plants produce a lot of dangerous waste, some of which will take 10,000 years to dispose of. It is inefficient and the worst energy for the global environment. Even without earthquakes and tsunamis, there can be accidents if they happen.
On 11 March 2023, 12 years after that day, there will be a demonstration against nuclear power at the Brandenburg Gate, Pariserplatz. I invite you all to join us. I will oppose all nuclear for the rest of my life.

11,March, 2023 Samstag 12:00
@Brandenburger Tor, Pariser Platz

16,July 2011 when we went to Fukushima

4,Aug,2011 second time in Fukushima
the Geiger counter kept ringing at this shrine





事故後、3回目の東電前デモに行った。雨も降っていたせいか、参加者はたったの10人だった。(ちなみに東京の人口は13960000人)少なすぎて衝撃を受ける。1回目は知らなかったし、2回目も雨で行かなかったので、雨でも行くしかないと行ってみたら、いきなり拡声器で何か言わなければいけなかった、他に誰もいないから。8月の終わりまで毎週末原発反対デモに参加したが最高人数は1200人だった。私はこの国の人たちは怒らないんだと絶望した。 テレビで政治家は「直ちには身体に影響はない」と言っている。何言ってんだこの人たち、チェルノブイリ知ってるよね?広島・長崎の人がどうなったか知ってるよね?人々の安全を守ろうとしない政治家。税金てなんのために払ってるんだろう?お金って対価に払うものじゃなかった?

汚染物質は今も福島から海へどんどん流れている。 8月末、デモの人数が増えないのでもうダメだと思った。毎日怒り狂っていたので疲れたし、こんな風に怒ってばかりで私の人生が終わってしまう。この国はダメだからどこかへ逃げなければと思った。


ところで、プーチンの戦争でエネルギーの値段が上がり、環境破壊を止めるために化石燃料をやめなくてはいけないからといって、原発をグリーンで安いエネルギーとしてまた持ち上げるのはおかしい。原発は危険なゴミがたくさん出てその処理には1万年かかるものもある。非効率的で地球環境に最悪のエネルギーです。地震や津波がなくても、もしもの事故はあり得ます。 あの日から12年目の2023年3月11日に、ブランデンブルグ門前パリザープラッツにて原発に反対するデモがあります。ぜひ皆さんも参加してください。私は一生すべての核に反対します。

Akko / ROKU in OLiB farm

DEMO 11,March, 2023 Samstag @Brandenburger Tor, Pariser Platz 12:00〜