I have to say that I’m feeling a little on edge. I am still in Tsukuba, but among the former foreign teachers from AEON, I’m in the minority. Excluding me (since I’m not officially working there anymore), there are five foreign teachers working at MOG (one emergency teacher came to help out just after the quake), four of the five are gone. One went to Osaka, the Kansai area of Japan, which is pretty far south, while others went to a southern area of Tokyo, but I forgot where. Some people are staying some are leaving, so it’s hard to get a read on the radiation aspect of this whole earthquake debacle. I guess the hardest part is that I’m not fluent in Japanese, so I can’t just turn on the news and fully understand. I’ve been trying to catch what pieces I can from NHK, and going to the Internet to fillin the information gaps. I can’t say it’s going so well though. With the radiation issue it seems as though there’s an element of downplay-ism but I could just be speculating. If it is being downplayed is it for the Japanese government to save face? Or to prevent mass panic?
I have had students recommend that I fly back to the U.S. for while until things blow over, no pun intended. Others recommend heading south (a buddy of mine is going to Kyoto for a while). I really wish I had clearer info to share with you guys, but right now, I don’t. I’m just trying to figure out what’s hearsay, what’ been exaggerated by word of mouth, and what’s real.
If you’re in Japan, be safe,