14 Apr '11, 9am

A 102-year-old man killed himself, depressed at having to evacuate his home 40km from the Fukushima nuclear plant

A 102-year-old man killed himself, depressed at having to evacuate his home 40km from the Fukushima nuclear plant

Residents of Iitate village listen to its mayor explain a government plan to evacuate residents from the village. A 102-year-old man, the oldest resident of Iitate village, took his own life after talking to his family about evacuation. -- PHOTO: AP TOKYO - A 102-YEAR-OLD man has killed himself in a newly-declared no-go zone around Japan's crippled nuclear plant because he was depressed at having to leave his home, a report said on Thursday. The centenarian, the oldest resident of Iitate village, 40km from the Fukushima Daiichi plant, took his own life after talking to his family about evacuation, Jiji Press reported, citing local officials. 'Before the suicide, the oldest resident of the community discussed evacuation plans with his family, municipal officials said, adding that they suspect the man was depressed at the idea that he would have to leave his place,' Jiji rep...

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