“Donald get out now!” “If I were you I’d be getting the hell outta dodge!” “Have you left yet?” “Be smart.” “Leave Japan now!” So many people have told me to get out of Japan while I still have a chance, but I haven’t left yet, why? There have been over 50 aftershocks recorded (a big one happened here in Tsukuba this morning), parts of Japan have been wiped out, the air has higher than normal radiation levels, vegetables and tap water have been contaminated. Why are you still in Japan? Well, I’ll tell you why. If I just up and leave based on uninformed frenzy then I’m going to be broke (having to pay for a ticket back to the U.S.), jobless (because I’ll miss my job training), back in America, living with my parents, job hunting and depressed. Is it dangerous here in Japan? Yes. But it depends on where you live. The prefecture I live in isn’t the safest…they found contaminated spinach and tap water in the northern part of this prefecture! However, I’ve been taking all the necessary precautions to keep myself safe: drinking & using bottled water, staying away from milk, water, and whatever foods might even have a chance of being contaminated. The radiation levels (oh…there’s another aftershock) have been declining and I truly believe that things will stabilize. I worry about the situation around me because I’m human, but I have to fight through my worries and fears because I really like my life here…I’m willing to do what it takes to stay here (albeit safely).
What do you think? Am I stupid for staying? I want you to be brutally honest.
As a matter of fact, let’s test out a shiny new thingamajig here at the Japan. We’re going to do the very first poll, here at the Japan Guy. So here it is. Please remember, I want your honest opinions. I kind of new to this, but unlike I thought in the video, you can’t enter your comments on the poll itself (only yes or no). However, please feel free to explain your answers in more detail in the comments section below.