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    Posted February 23, 2012 by
    Tokyo, Japan
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Japan one year later: What’s changed?

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    A seed of hope is coming in Japan. Mother is always strong.


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Some of you will remember the touching iReport story from last year about the Japanese couple who got married a week after the March 11 earthquake because they wanted to show there was still hope in Japan after the disaster. KoheiMaeda of Tokyo, Japan, filed an update about the couple (his brother and new wife): The pair is expecting their first child! 'For the baby, they seriously have started to take care about the food and water because of the radiation problem. But in spite of the environment, they have constructed and strengthen good relationship each other,' he said.
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    A seed of hope is coming in Japan. Mother is always strong.


    Almost a year has passed since the historical disaster happened in Japan

    and also, since my younger brother held the wedding party.

    (The last article is following: http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-577030)


    Here in Tokyo, the new family lives really happily.

    First of all, my new sister got pregnant, the greatest gift from Gods the end of last year.

    Good job, my bro! YAY!!


    However, we couldn't enjoy clear sailing for a year since the quake.

    A lot of accidents have taken place, worst one for us who live in Tokyo is nuclear radiation problem.

    Especially for the baby coming soon and the would-be mother who embrace him/her.


    My new sister was seriously worried about the problem.

    "I sometimes feel sorry to him/her.

    There are so many risks for him/her now. I'm so worried about his/her future."


    But then, my mother who has four sons said to her new daughter.

    "No need to worried about this. Actually, there were so many risks when I gave birth to my sons either. Environment disruption was awful those days all over Japan with economic growth.

    No place was safe. But somehow I managed to raise healthy four boys.

    In my mother's time, that was worse, the war. But I was raised happily.

    There was no perfect timing and environment for raising child.

    Important thing is, your love. and you already have it."


    The conversation reminded me of a proverb

    "a mother is stronger than any other creature".


    We as a family want to do everything we can do to raise

    the new family member with love and happiness by all means

    no matter how bad the environment is.


    Yes, we can!






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