Published on March 16th,2011 at 11:51 AM
By >Daimaou - G.G-B

[Earthquake – Fukushima] Leaving Tokyo Today… See you on Thursday in France

[Earthquake – Fukushima] Leaving Tokyo Today... See you on Thursday in France

Well it seems that I could book an earlier direct flight tonight ant will land in Paris the seventeen morning at 5AM at CDG… Not sure if you’ve heard, but there has been another explosion at Fukushima, with white smoke around reactor #4. So do not expect much from us today, we will resume our work normally the 17… Godspeed!

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  • Guillermo_ms

    God please help to Japaniese people to fix this problem…please…

  • Paul Martin

    Did you mean ” LEAVING Tokyo today” ????

  • Booest

    take care.
    for those stuck in Japan… God Bless.
    May you find strength to continue…

  • Justsaying

    Are you not ashamed to leave Japan at a time like this?

    While I believe anyone has the right to protect his/her family…. :(

    There are millions of Japanese citizens who can’t or dont’ want to leave.

    • benoa

      Just look at your child and tell to yourself that if you don’t leave, he/she might suffer.Now even if the risk is small, if there is chance for you to leave, wouldn’t you grasp it ? I rode the Shinkansen from Tokyo yesterday and I can tell you that many Japanese mothers are also leaving the city with their child.

    • Guilhem

      Confirmed. I was impressed at the number of babies in the train. To the original poster, I’d like to ask, what good am I staying behind? It’s not like I can fight off radiations… All I do is consuming what little food is left over there… which is not much let me tell you…

    • Guilhem

      Confirmed. I was impressed at the number of babies in the train. To the original poster, I’d like to ask, what good am I staying behind? It’s not like I can fight off radiations… All I do is consuming what little food is left over there… which is not much let me tell you…

    • Hello World

      What’s the point in staying? so when shit happen they can clean up another body? Nonsense comments.

  • Justsaying

    oh wait, I forgot the French also surrendered to the Germans in World War 2.

    • benoa

      Such blatant idiocy is revolting.

    • Hello world

      You are an idiot! Shouldn’t be bull shitting in this situation. Surely someone will return the favor to you when shit happened to you in the future.

    • Quientuves

      Probably you are only a little boy with someone taking care of you (well, at least, your mind is). If one day you have children (at this point that’s a big IF) you’ll know what if feels when something like this happens. Meanwhile, let you daddy and/or mommy to worry about it.

  • Jlcairo

    A big hugh and good luck from Italy

  • Lucien

    What makes you decide to go back to France ? Nuclear fallout ? New earthquakes ?
    Are there no safe places at all in Tokyo ???

  • Hukuro

    I feel an ache in my soul for Japan and japanese people….

  • Hello

    Thanks for the good work in the past and definitely take care of yourself and family first. Definitely no question about that.

    Hope to see Japan back to normal and for now, good luck to everyone in Japan.

  • Marko

    We pray for all japanese people, good luck from Sovenia

  • Quientuves

    Daimaou, we don’t need any update except a little word to tell that all of you are fine. Take care.

  • DaDa

    May the force be with you!

  • Darco

    Good luck, you are in our prayers!

  • lenawash

    Les rats quittent le navire…

  • Philip Au

    wish you guys luck, and have a safe trip home!

    Japanese ppl are very brave and I’m sure the recovery of the nation will be quick once all the emergencies have been addressed.

  • Tardis

    The French built those nuclear plants in Fukushima.

    The French are leaving Japan in a hurry.

    What do they know that they aren’t telling the rest of us?

    • benoa

      General Electric did IDIOT !

  • Zichi

    This is my second major disaster since I have lived in Japan. I was also here for the 1995 Kobe City earthquake where I still live. And now this. I’m a British artist and Japan has given me a good living for these past 17 years. My wife is Japanese. I have no intention of leaving and not only will I remain but will also do what I can to help out the survivors of this story. I have already begun to do something starting today. I say to the foreigners who now want to leave Japan, good luck for all your futures but please remember never to come back because Japan don’t need weak foreigners at this time, or anytime in the future. Sorry if you think that is cruel in anyway. You make your own choices and I make mine. I have been a longtime reader of your blog, but following this comment I’ll delete it from my RSS reader.

    • d.

      2 words for you: have kids ?
      arrogant asshole

    • jnxjn

      2 words for you d. : idiot bastard

    • winter

      So you think you can speak for Japan? Foreigners will come back here regardless of whether they leave on not now, based on the economic value they add to companies that operate in Japan not based on what some brit artist how lives in japan thinks. Dude you may even become a liability with your bravado if you caught cancer and will have to be treated using the the tax we pay.

    • Anonymous

      To die for foreign country? To die for any country? That’s the ravings of madman! Such arrogant thoughts! People wants to be in safety, people have right to choose – to leave or not, to return or not. Your opinion is not worth for anyone. It’s good – to love your country, to help your country. But please have respect for what other people choose for their safety. Almost no one wants to be a kamikadze.

    • Jl

      British…………….. typically

    • lenawash

      In full agreement with you. Don’t come back, too much baka gaijin in this country anyway. People who really love Japan stayed here anyway.

  • Justsaying

    thousands, no, wait, millions of Japanese citizens have young children….. should they abandon Japan
    and fly to France as well?

    Having children does no absolve you of your civic responsibilities. For example, in time of war, nations
    don’t draft men without children to fight. When the Nazi swines invades my homeland, France, many
    brave men AND women fought and resisted the German soldiers. Those brave French men and women
    had babies, children, elderly parents, and other loved ones…. yet they remained in France and fought.

    To each his/her own…..

    • benoa

      In time of war you fight for the future of your Children.
      Now, please tell me how does it help your Children to stay ?!
      Isn’t also the only way to help your Children to leave ?
      As for Japanese, many mothers were leaving Tokyo with their child on the Shinkansen I rode Tuesday.

    • Quientuves

      “should they abandon Japan and fly to France as well?” Yes, to france, or any other part of the world safer than that.
      “yet they remained in France and fought” Fight against who or what? Radiactivity? If things worsen, a lot of people will die or suffer very hard illnesess. If all the people is dead or severily ill, who will take care of them? So there is need of people kept as safe as posible, to have someone to take care of the rest and help in the reconstruction.

      On the other way, less people in the affected zone, less worry to the governement in case of evacuation.

  • Anonymous

    What are these comments? There is no bravity at staying close to a radioactivity source, that is helping nobody. Moreover, most foreigners have been advise to leave japan by their authorities. The most people leave NOW, the easier it will be to leave if situation worsen, and far less dangerous, would there be a panic. What if a new issue happens, with bad winds this time?? The less people are in tokyo, asap, the better.

  • Cliff

    I cant believe the arrogance of some of the comments here. I’m 100% certain there will be plenty of Japanese people on the same flight, In the face of the possible risks, who is their right mind would stay? Being another body doesn’t make you a hero.

  • Cutkillavince

    Take care Dai ;)

  • Veisongv

    to think about your future and about future of your family is just enough ta make a right choice. I think you have made the right desicion about your flight to France. It is not like you abandon your country. If you can help money you will if you can help your own force you will if you want to make your family 99% maro safe you will. Do you undestand my point? There is no right and wrong. My girfriend was learning in Sapposo and I think that I made a right desicion that she left Japan and went back to Moscow. Because everybody loves her, we want her to be safe asap, she cannot help this situation… We all prey… all we can do. Please, do not use such high and still miningless words like “do not come back to Japan again”… I think you do not controll your feelings right now…

  • todoonada

    You did the right decision. I left with my woman and child on Tuesday morning and am now in Germany. The lies given about the situation from government are not acceptable.
    Everybody who accesses international information about this catastrophe and does the math knows that this is a very threatening situation.
    It seems like many people still do not understand how dangerous this can be. Especially to children and later to their children.
    Glad to know you were wise enough to bring your family to a safe place.

  • shibitobeta

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  • gornes

    We shouldn’t blame anyone for making their decisions, we are all human having own priorities. However, hats off to those who don’t panic, don’t buy B.S. overreacted info on the disaster in international media. Zichi has his right to express his opinion, the thing is you could just formed it in bit different way than just throwing “Leaving Tokyo today…See you in France on Thursday”. Many of us foreigners living in Japan used to say (not saying it is also you) stuff like “I came to Japan because I fell in love with Japanese people, culture, just everything is different, now I think I can’t live in my home country, here I just found my place, etc.”. These are very very serious statements, and we should be sure we can actually take Japan with all its “features”, those good and bad ones. Experiencing earthquakes on daily basis is one of those “features”, this is about it, talking about fully accepting life in Japan. Over 120 millions of Japanese can’t suddenly just leave everything and run away, even if they would hypothetically have chance. If all people would suddenly freak out, and just close themselves in homes, this country would collapse in shorter time than you can imagine. Japanese are a very unique nation, they don’t panic when there’s no real critical situation, and there isn’t critical situation now. Here in Tokyo I see them living just as before, going out to work, eating ramen and drinking beer out, this is very important for country’s economy. I can offer a little for them, yes, but not freaking out and leaving in rush. There are thousand and thousands of those who lost everything, need food, shelter, and are in much higher danger of being exposed to the radiation than others. These country will survive because its citizens aren’t thinking of only their own asses, they are just patient and do as the government tell them, they are organized, there’re no looters, they will eventually go through this and become even stronger. Ganbatte !!!

  • Noeuphemisms

    My wife is Japanese and we were scheduled to move to a place outside of Tokyo next week because I got a job there. Needless to say, we are not going now. Her family is OK (they aren’t located in the immediate area where things are the worst), but people seem to have been in denial about the growing problem and slow to recognize that they need to make precautions in case things really turn for the worse. For example, my employer in Japan still thinks that people will go to places were the radiation level is 300 times above normal and they have yet to issue a warning to those they (still) expect to show up in the areas where the radiation level is climbing by the minute.

    There is a precedent for all of this: the great Hanshin earthquake of 1995 in Kobe–the government was slow to respond and people had to fend for themselves. In the hardest hit areas this time, sufficient food, water and fuel for heating is not getting to citizens, despite Japan’s wealth, yearly earthquake drills, and a large self-defense force, the government is irresponsibly letting the stress levels rise among the most severely deprived because it is not providing adequate relief efforts for them. Supposedly, some of them are getting rowdy now. Moreover, the government–and most of the media outlets (which are tied to the hip of the government, especially the major newspapers) can not be trusted to tell people exactly how bad things are. In fact, the information now has slowed to a trickle and the German government is challenging the Japanese government to be more forthcoming about the real situation. Remember, this is a country were doctors don’t tell you that you have cancer. They might tell your loved ones, and then it’s up to them to find the strength to tell you the truth (and many don’t). I used to live in another state (prefecture) in Japan. A doctor there (who was a student of mine) said that the cancer rates of his patients who lived around the nuclear plant in that prefecture were higher than average, yet the government was in denial about this, as well as the citizens themselves. The Japanese are incredibly hearty, yet also peculiarly adverse to reality and the truth. When things go bad, they get stoic and tough, and then soon give up in fatalistic fashion (“shoganai” attitude). These national characteristics lend themselves to people responding to emergencies very slowly, or not at all.

    The Japanese government is the biggest problem in all of this. To evacuate people in such limited numbers, to do so only in narrow concentric circles around the nuclear power plants, to tell others to stay inside their homes, and then to do these things (almost as if grudgingly or not to “panic” people) only at the last minute is asinine. People living in ever wider circles away from the nuclear power plants should already have been evacuated while the situation was less critical and still manageable. When they finally tell people to get out of those areas, there will be no gasoline to motor out of the area, the roads will be clogged and there will be chaos. Apparently, the “just-in-time” inventory and delivery system mentality in Japan has met its limits and logical counterpart in this disaster. In either case, if Japanese were taught to think for themselves more, more of them would already have initiated a disaster plan on their own. Instead, they look to the government for guidance, a government that is sleeping at the wheel.

    Bottomline, this situation is going to get worse and the government, in the end, will be excoriated for its response, or lack thereof.

  • Tolangley

    Here Here to you Noeuphemisms! Very well stated. I certainly admire the Japanese culture with the calm that has prevailed. I live in a very high risk earthquake zone as well and can tell you that if we were hit with a “big one” pandemonium would prevail, no doubt. But there are also far too many people there who will do what the government tells them without question simply because that is what they are taught. Every single country in the world is telling their nationals to move 80km out of the reactor area, yet the Japanese gov’t hasn’t moved it beyond 20km. I believe that this is because they can’t give an evacuation order, because they can’t get people out (roads are impassable, trains aren’t running and no one has fuel). Tell them to go, knowing they can’t get out. So withold crutial information and put lives in jeopardy. They have brought in every manner known to man of dispensing water on the reactors, short of manual bucket throwing, but have refused help from all other countries. US, UK, Germany, etc who have all offered to send over their top specialists in nuclear science to help them through it, have been turned down. Why is that? Wouldn’t you think that the more knowledge, and experience that you have behind you the better off you’ll be? Your country, its people and its economy is seriously at stake!
    As for leaving the country, some of the posts I’m reading make me both angry and sad. Stay and fight?? What, exactly is the fight? The advancing “enemy” cannot be stopped with guns and bombs, instead it is a invisible gas that can cause pain, suffering, birth defects and death for millions of adults and children for generations to come. If you choose to stay to help with the cleanup efforts and to help put your country back on its feet, that’s wonderful and you are to be commended for it. And I’m sure every single person there (Japanese or not) capable of doing this (and even those that aren’t) would like to stay to help. If you are an adult, and choose to stay, that is your choice. But please do not choose to keep your children (and remember that they are also the future of your country) in imminent danger. Move them to somewhere safe, be it another area of Japan or another country. They are innocent victims and it is not fair to subject them to the dangers of radiation and possible future illness or death. You can always bring them back home when you know they will be safe. You will not be abandoning your country, you will be saving its future. And I might add that in world war II, many mothers attempted to flee their countries with their children as well. The difference with that, is that the journey in itself was dangerous and many didn’t make it, yet they tried….for their children.
    I am not a nuclear physicist, I am not Japanese and I don’t live in Japan. I am simply a worried Aunt who is watching carefully not liking at all what I’m seeing…..the same as the rest of the world. My nephew, with a very pregnant Japanese wife, and 2 young daughters lives 65km from the reactor in Fukushima. Apparently her parents don’t want them to leave, so they are staying….despite the multitude of proofs that we are sending to them of the dangers. However, their culture says that “the gov’t says we are fine, so we are fine.” The lack of food, water, heat and fuel is bad enough, but not lifethreatening yet. However, the radiation is another matter altogether. We really don’t know for sure if they can get out or not, but the worst part is, they are not even trying, simply because they are told they will be fine. We are all worried to death about their futures and that of so many others in the same situation….both immediate and long term.

  • Syncbyte

    Another Frenchie bites the dust. Do us a favor and STAY OUT once all this paranoia subsides.



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