22 Aug '11, 4am

Suicides stalk Japan disaster zone:

SUKAGAWA, Japan: When Japanese farmer Hisashi Tarukawa watched the local nuclear plant blow up on television, he uttered a sentence that will forever chill his family: "Oh, no. It's over." Within days, the radioactive cloud from the Fukushima plant had forced authorities to ban some farm produce in Fukushima, where the 64-year-old had been growing rice and vegetables all his life. The next morning before dawn, on March 24, Tarukawa's son Kazuya found his father hanged by a rope from a tree above his vegetable field. "I rushed to the tree and talked to my dad, but his body was already cold," recalled grief-stricken Kazuya, 36, speaking at the family farm in Sukagawa, 60 kilometres (37 miles) from the crippled atomic plant. Tarukawa, a father of three, left no letter to explain why he took his life, but his bereaved family says he didn't need to. "I believe his suicide was a...

Full article: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/living/view/114838...

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