AFTER the earthquake and nuclear crisis hit Japan in March, Setsuo Ito wanted to help his former countrymen. To do so, he felt an urgency to sell his hilltop estate in Water Mill, N.Y. , which had been languishing on the market for three years.
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“I didn’t want to wait,” said Mr. Ito, 63, a Japanese-American artist and designer. “People need help right now.”
Mr. Ito was born in an area near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station reactors that were heavily damaged and leaking radiation, he said, and wanted some of the money from the sale of his house to aid Japan.
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