As one of my friends said, for the first year after the disasters, people were exhausted. But three years later, they have moved on. They respect the past and won’t forget it, but have hope for the future.
On a personal level, I regard my time in Fukushima as full of many unique opportunities. As a consequence of the nuclear incident, I lived in three different places in three years. In each place, I was always treated like a neighbour, not a foreigner. I was often thanked for remaining in Japan and being in Fukushima. My response was always the same: “This is my home.” I never once regretted my decision to stay. I have grown so much mentally, too.