Kohei Jinno felt pride when asked to move out of his home as officials were carrying out the construction of a new stadium for the 1964 Olympic Games, but he has since suffered a bitter twist of fate.
Jinno was evicted, again, in 2013, this time for construction for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, Reuters reported Thursday. “There wasn’t any consideration. If there’d only been one example of ‘you’re being asked to move, could you please possibly cooperate?’” Jinno said, according to Reuters. “Instead, it was pretty much ‘we’re having the Olympics, you need to get out.’” (RELATED: Coalition Pushes To Boycott Beijing Olympic Games, Citing Alleged Human Rights Abuses)
While Jinno and his wife, Yasuko, were offered compensation for the eviction from the public housing community they had lived in for decades by officials, it came nowhere close to covering the expenses of the move.
“We got 170,000 yen ($1,500). What can you do with that? I just had to laugh. It took 1 million yen ($9,000) to move,” the former tobacco shipowner told Reuters.
Two years after the move to another public housing complex in 2016, Yasuko reportedly died.
Jinno still visits the old neighborhood, where a park that serves as a tourist attraction has replaced his old home, Reuters reported.
“When I look at the trees along the street that haven’t changed at all, I feel nostalgic but at the same time overflowing with a sad, lonely feeling,” he said, according to Reuters.