Yesterday I was having a conversation with a coworker, and it eventually came around to the inevitable. “No, I’m not going back to America. I don’t want to go.”
“Really!?” My coworker said with astonishment. “Fu-sensei, come here! Listen! Alice-chan doesn’t want to go to America! She doesn’t want to go home! Amazing!”
But Japan feels like home. This is where I plan to be for a long, long time (much to my family’s dismay, I’m sure!) I don’t currently even have any scheduled trips back to North America, and I’m ok with that. It might be nice to go back in the summer to see some friends, but if it’s not possible I’ll be ok.
The decision to stay or leave is a very personal one, and everyone has different concerns and priorities. Many people have said that they’re going home just so that their mothers will stop worrying.
I’m lucky because we haven’t had anyone crying or screaming or begging us to come home as many of our friends have. It’s hard watching them leave, one by one, wondering if they’ll ever come back. A small part of me wonders why no one’s been begging us, but I think perhaps they know it wouldn’t do any good.
One of the things that keeps running through my mind is that if we had to experience a major natural disaster, Japan is easily one of the best places in the world to be. As many people on Twitter said, the headline you probably wouldn’t see was “Millions saved in Japan by good engineering and strict Government Building Codes.” It’s true. There’s also been precious little looting or civil unrest, despite what some foreign media would have you believe.
What do you think? Stay, go? If you’re in Japan, are you staying? Also, check out Sean’s Facebook Page about it, “I Support Japan, and I’m not going anywhere.”