'Exodus' of disaster-panicked foreigners from post-3.11 Japan doesn't add up
News On Japan via Mainichi -- May 09
One year ago -- less than two months after the Great East Japan Earthquake and with the Fukushima nuclear crisis in flux -- anyone walking the streets of Tokyo might very well have asked that question. With Japan in the teeth of disaster, it seemed as though the country's foreign population had evaporated, an image reinforced by news footage of gargantuan queues at Narita International Airport check-in counters.
Some 531,000 foreigners left Japan in the four weeks after the March 11, 2011 disaster, according to a Ministry of Justice announcement of April 15 that year. It was mass panic, a rush for the last lifeboats on the Titanic. The expatriate community had left Japan for dead.
Or had they?
Of those 531,000 people who left in the first month, about 302,000 had obtained re-entry permits, suggesting most were at least considering coming back. Furthermore, a look at foreign resident numbers and the job market for foreign talent months after the disaster show that the exodus was in the end more a trickle than a flood, and perhaps only an acceleration of pre-existing trends.
|| Man stabbed in possible dispute over son's girlfriend |
| || Kochi prefectural police are investigating an incident involving a man who sustained severe injuries after being stabbed several times in the abdomen. Police said they believe the attack is linked to a dispute the victim was having with another man over their children dating. (Japan Today ) |
|| 3 cats found mutilated to death in Ehime park |
| || Police in Niihama, Ehime Prefecture, are investigating the mutilation deaths of three cats whose bodies were left in a park. Two were found dead in February, and the third was found on Saturday. (Japan Today ) |
|| Thousands protest in Japan ahead of Fukushima anniversary |
| || Banging on drums and waving "Sayonara nukes" signs, thousands of people rallied in a Tokyo park and marched to Parliament on Sunday to demand an end to nuclear power ahead of the third anniversary of the Fukushima disaster. (scmp.com ) |
|| Fewer than 40 pct of Tokyo residents, commuters prepared for quake |
| || Fewer than 40 pct of residents and commuters in Tokyo take specific measures to prepare for a possible huge earthquake beneath the Japanese capital, despite high awareness on disaster prevention, a Metropolitan Police Department survey showed Friday. (Jiji Press ) |
|| Blizzard pummels northern Japan |
| || A blizzard struck northern Japan on Friday with authorities warning of avalanches, high waves, strong winds and traffic disruption. (thehindu.com ) |