Kaoru Konta, Family Physician, Japan

"Never give up your dreams."

Kaoru Konta is a family physician in the Fukushima prefecture who looked after evacuees from the evacuation zone.

"A letter to my children whom I love so much. 15 March 2011, 3:00 a.m.
“The nuclear power plant in Fukushima is in dire condition. Reactors 1, 2 and 3 have exploded. How many years will the radiation last? How many generators will it affect? When I think about these things, I cannot sleep.
My brother, your uncle, and his children have evacuated to Kyushu. I must find a way to evacuate you to a safer place. I am so anxious. Just in case I never see you again, I want to tell you a few things:

– Get along with each other and help each other out
– Never give up on your dreams
– Make a contribution to the world
– Your inner self is more important than your appearance
– Always remain humble
– Keep your room tidy
– Eat healthy
– Take care of nature and work for peace
– Pay respect to your ancestors and take care of your families
– Your happiness is the most important thing to me. I will love you forever.

Lastly, if Fukushima ever becomes safe again, please come home.”


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