Just 40 kilometres away from the Fukushima plant, Mikio Watanabe stands in silence by the tree where his wife killed herself. A farmer all his life, he is not much for words or for showing emotion.
Yet when he returns to the home he and his wife built, he is filled with anger. The house and the forests surrounding it remain heavily contaminated with cesium, and while the government allows visits during the day, residents are not allowed to stay overnight.
It was during one of those visits that Watanabe says his wife chose to end her life. "I was so stressed myself, and I regret I didn't see how severely she was suffering, it fills me with remorse."
Before the nuclear disaster, Watanabe says her wife was always cheerful, enjoying their life tending to chickens, in this remote and beautiful area of Fukushima. But when forced to evacuate, they had to move to a temporary shelter, and forced to stay indoors. Having lost the life they so enjoyed, he says his wife slid into depression.
"The night before she killed herself, she held onto my hands so hard, and refused to let go."
The next morning, Watanabe was outdoors alone, tending to the garden, when he noticed a flame go up by a tree in the front yard. It was only a few hours later that he discovered his wife had set herself on fire.
Watanabe is also suing TEPCO. It's estimated the company will likely spend $250bn in compensating residents and in cleaning up radiation-contaminated communities.
What Watanabe says he would like TEPCO and others to realise is that the disaster ruined people's lives. "If I didn't live through this myself, I too wouldn't understand how tough it is. Things will never be the same."
Aljazeera's Steve Chao reports from Fukushima, Japan. (Twitter @SteveChaoSC )
Shot and edited by Matthew Allard (Twitter @mattaljazeera )
Produced by Aya Asakura (Twitter @AyaAsakura )