"The Reality in Tohoku is Worse."--stated Hiroko Takeshima recently after she got back from
Takeshima went up north to volunteer during Golden Week. She helped to clear debris from
one of the towns devastated by the Tsunami. She hails from Tohoko but lives in Kanto now.
She related that things in Tohoku are not like they appear on the news. You often don`t see the details on the 6 o`clock news.
For example one volunteer spent a day digging a car out from the rubble. He retrieved the body hoping to give relief to the relatives. The body was intact except the fingers had been cut off. Her hand was hanging out the window of the vehicle.
Tsunami`s don`t usually cut off fingers. But people do.
Someone had beaten them to the punch and taken the unfortunate lady`s rings. Takeshima related that these are some of the stories you don`t hear on NHK.
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Cases of theft have actually increased in Fukushima Prefecture, up 207 cases after the earthquake and Tsunami. Cases of other crime are down across the board, for example: violent crime, and rape.
A journalist I know reports police numbers have been bolstered in Tohoku due to increased looting and now more about this in Japanese:
今年５月までの３か月間に福島県内で発生した侵入盗被害が、昨年の同時期より約４割増の６９５件に上ったことが警察庁のまとめでわかった。 Read More