Last night, on March 16, I learned that the Japanese Self Defense Force from Hokkaido had just left for the Tohoku area.
We flew into Tokyo, and then on to Sapporo on the island of Hokkaido.
In more than one part of northern Japan I was told of emigrants to Hokkaido who had "returned dissatisfied."
First, that I went to Hokkaido entirely on my own account and for my own satisfaction.
A usual view in Hokkaido is that the island can hold twice as many people as it now contains.
It is a "dear old spot," the most picturesque of all the towns in Hokkaido.
These vast forests as yet are untouched practically, and the whole of the Hokkaido is one huge lumber-yard.
It was a little less in the next prefecture of Iwate and in Hokkaido.
However this may be, Hokkaido is stated to take only a tenth of the overplus of the population of Old Japan.
As many as 7,000 people go from Miyagi to Hokkaido in a year.