Since the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami of March 11th, the death toll has reached over ten thousand, with another ten thousand missing. Over 130,000 people have been forced to evacuate. As for the nuclear disaster, we can’t even foresee what will happen. While the entire nation is deeply saddened by the events, we are grateful for the support we’ve received from around the world.
From Dragonhead to Breakdown, Survival, Hyoryu kyoshitsu and Hadashi no gen (Barefoot Gen), Japan has seen various works of manga based on themes of natural disaster and radiation. But reading such mangas should be a wakeup call when everything is peaceful. Today, I can’t bare the thought of turning the pages.