[Column] Ms. P

Because the safas were busy, I was drinking coffee at the window seat.
A young skinny guy came near the window, and stood the middle finger against me for some reason. I didn’t understand other gestures of him. He was wearing UNIQLO. Whether he thought I was Japanese or Chinese, he doesn’t deserve what he wears.

I got out of the shop and waited for the light to turn blue.
Someone talked to me in the perfect British accent.
I looked back and down, a little old lady was there. I was almost panicing, it was the first time to hear such an old lady speaking perfect English here.

She asked me if I was from Peru. Maybe it was because of my hat.
I said I was from Japan.

She was “Japanese men are so handsome.” (LOL)

She asked me tones of questions like what I do, how old I am, why I’m here etc..in the perfect British accent.

She was an 89 years old lady. She was married to a British guy but divorced him. She said it was quite recent but it was the very year when I was born.

Then she started talking about her Jack Dawson.
It was the next year of the revolution in this country. The economy was still paralyzed after the long communism era.
She was an economist of the national university, and met a Japanese guy from economics department of Osaka university. He came to research the former communism country after revolution. He asked her about her idea, which way the country should go, the fast way, or the slow way.
That time, “the fast way” was utterly unpopular, but she was supporting the way.
As they thought, she had no backing of opinion at the academic meeting.
A few years later, she met the guy at another academic meeting again. He was with another local woman, and she was a fanatic supporter of “the slow way”. After all, the woman became the economic advisor of the first president of the country.
Ms. P, the British accent lady felt like she was defeated. She was regretting that she couldn’t take initiative and push more radical way ignoring all the criticisms.

Over 20 years have passed. It looks obvious that the slow way was a wrong way. Nobody knows what the fast way would have brought but it looks like the majority is not always right.

She said she is living in the quiet place quietly now.
I stopped in front of my apartment, so she did. We were living in the same apartment, just the floor was different.

I’m moving out of this apartment on 2/14.
For her magical insight, I think I’ll leave flowers in front of her door.





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This website updates the latest news about the Fukushima nuclear plant and also archives the past news from 2011. Because it's always updated and added live, articles, categories and the tags are not necessarily fitted in the latest format.
I am the writer of this website. About page remains in 2014. This is because my memory about 311 was clearer than now, 2023, and I think it can have a historical value. Now I'm living in Romania with 3 cats as an independent data scientist.
Actually, nothing has progressed in the plant since 2011. We still don't even know what is going on inside. They must keep cooling the crippled reactors by water, but additionally groundwater keeps flowing into the reactor buildings from the broken parts. This is why highly contaminated water is always produced more than it can circulate. Tepco is planning to officially discharge this water to the Pacific but Tritium is still remaining in it. They dilute this with seawater so that it is legally safe, but scientifically the same amount of radioactive tritium is contained. They say it is safe to discharge, but none of them have drunk it.


February 2013