Japan Times Interview: “Tokyo is still in danger of being lost and the gov’t should be acting accordingly”
June 11th, 2012
Flyjin’ feel vindicated, worry for those left in Japan
The Japan Times Online
By PATRICK BUDMAR
June 12, 2012
Ivan Stout, Former Ibaraki resident
Faced with a seemingly unimaginable nuclear crisis brewing in northeast Japan, Stout remembers trying to downplay the situation at first after reading a news article saying that there was zero chance of any radiation getting out of the nuclear plant, company emails reassuring everyone that there was no danger, and statements from the Japanese government.
“However, at a certain point, this view of the situation no longer seemed to reflect reality,” he says. “At that moment, there was no turning back and I no longer trusted those sources anymore.”
Stout, though, feels he will only be vindicated for leaving Japan once the “criminals responsible for this accident” and the “ongoing gross negligence of the situation” are brought to justice.
“Tokyo is still in danger of being lost and the government should be acting accordingly, prioritizing the safety of its residents,” he says
“I miss every little thing about Japan,” Stout says. “I was planning to live the rest of my life there, but the nation has been sabotaged by criminal politicians and a toxic nuclear industry.”
“Had the Japanese government been forthcoming a year ago and provided support to evacuate western Japan, instead of trying to contaminate the rest of Japan by burning contaminated debris, I would still be in Japan today, even if it meant living indefinitely in a refugee tent,” he says.