Outside Pressure Forces Foreigners to Leave Japan


Traffic in Tokyo after the Earthquake - Photo Credit: David Powell

TOKYO (majirox news) – Reports out of Narita airport are of many people, especially younger people such as students or young English teachers, fleeing Japan. They are getting calls from their parents and family in their home countries begging them to get out of Japan and get away from the “nuclear explosions!”

Some say either their families ‘back home’ are “freaked out” or their host families in Japan are afraid for them. Others are getting their young children out of Tokyo for fear of increased radiation levels.

One person, who requested to remain anonymous, said, “We’re getting our baby out of the country because radiation exposure is much more damaging for young children.” Others have sent their families away from Tokyo while they remain to take care of business.

Additionally, some Japanese are in the exodus from Tokyo. Atsuko Yamada and her two sisters took their young children to Kagoshima prefecture, the southwestern tip of Kyushu.


The U.S. Embassy has warned that there is substantial misinformation circulating among the public.

The British Embassy has not yet advised people to leave, but several European embassies have said that their citizens should leave if they can and if they are not in an absolutely essential position.

The French Embassy has suggested that French citizens, who are also not in essential positions, return to France or go to the south of Japan. In addition, France is sending two aircrafts to help facilitate the return of French citizens to France. The scheduled departure is March 17.

The German Embassy has put information on their website advising people that if they are not essential they should consider leaving.

Many more nationalities are leaving now – the Tokyo expat population is going down! Maybe temporary – maybe permanent – we’ll have to see.

Joe Peters is a writer for Majirox News who runs his own Tokyo-based executive search company.
Link: www.isearchworldwide.co.jp

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3 Responses to Outside Pressure Forces Foreigners to Leave Japan

  1. Eli on 03/16/2011 at 9:54 pm

    “The U.S. Embassy has warned that there is substantial misinformation circulating among the public.”

    It’s this kind of thing that is so frustrating. I’ve heard from people back in the US who have bene watching the news and think the whole country of Japan is going to go up in a nuclear explosion. These are the people that don’t understand the difference between a nuclear bomb and a nuclear power plant and have no idea of the difference between the kind of reactor used at Chernobyl and the ones used at Three Mile Island and Fukushima. They are hysterical and panicky and they need to calm down and get their facts straight.
    Friends of mine in the US have said that ABC has been particularly bad with fear mongering regarding this issue. I’ve been directing them to the World Nuclear News website for accurate information

  2. Mike on 03/17/2011 at 6:29 am

    What isn’t reported is that there are waste piles of radioactive material that were supposed to be disposed of and removed that are very near to the reactors that may melt down….

  3. Eli on 03/17/2011 at 7:06 pm

    How do you know about it if it isn’t reported……

    If you’re talking about the spent-fuel ponds drying up, that has been reported on extensively and efforts are on going to get the used fuel back to a safe temperature.

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