“I began to tell my story after the death of my daughter, Miwa. Miwa passed away in June of 2010, at age 39. She was hospitalized in January of that year, but told me over the phone, ‘daijoubu, daijoubu’ – that she was okay. In March, I was notified that she had been hospitalized again, and went to see her right away. But it was too late.”

Location: Nagasaki
Distance from hypocenter: 5km

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In the years to come, you face stigma and discrimination for your suffering. You must weigh the discrimination you would face for admitting your identity with your right to subsidized health care.