The actor was also very active in growing pesticide-free vegetables in Yamanashi Prefecture, but after the nuclear accident in Fukushima, next to Miyagi, where he was born, he actively spoke out worrying about the future of this society. On November 1st, 2014, just before his death, he talked to the audience like this at the support speech of the Okinawa governor's election, chewing each word in his thick voice. His words are straight but touch people's hearts in the current era, which makes me fear.
"November 12 2019
from “Oriori no Kotoba” by Kiyokazu Washida, The Asahi Shimbun"