Sir Paul McCartney showed his support for the people from Fukushima who have been hugely affected by the ensuing nuclear disaster that was borne after the Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami hit the Fukushima nuclear power facility in March 2011 by inviting some of them to his concert in Tokyo on Monday night. The 71-year-old musician – still a global sensation whose concerts regularly pack stadiums all over the world – invited 10 keen fans who had been displaced by the meltdown at the Japanese power plant, now considered the one of the worst nuclear disasters in this generation.
“At this time, we are focused on a lot of the problems that Japan has had, particularly in the last year or two,” McCartney said. “So, I always like to think that our concerts can have a healing effect, that they can help people through crises,” he added. The former Beatle invited a small group, which included a couple in their 50s, a 30-year-old man and his 20-year-old niece from the evacuation area, to his performance at the Tokyo Dome, part of his “Out There” tour. The artist met them beforehand, shaking their hands and giving words of encouragement as he listened to their stories. The party also included two pupils and a teacher from the Iwaki Municipal Middle School, which has been taking in youngsters who have had to leave areas with high radiation levels, and a couple whose shop and house were destroyed by the tsunami and have since had a baby.
Around 300,000 residents of Fukushima have been displaced from the area around the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in March, 2011. Of these, around 160,000 are still unable to return to their homes after being moved from the disaster zone due to safety precautions. Most of those who have not been able to go home are fearing that they may not see their hometowns again in their lifetime.
[via UK Express]