Consular Advice

The UK Embassy has just changed its consular advice, to say that British nationals in Tokyo and to the north of Tokyo should consider leaving the area.

Well, we’re in Kawasaki, which is (just) south of Tokyo, so we’re fine.

Actually, I’m sure that they really mean that British nationals in the Kanto region or Tohoku should consider leaving the area, which would include us. So, I’ve considered it, and I’m not going. This is, after all, my home, and quite apart from that I need to be here if I’m going to do any work at all. So, for the time being, I’m not planning to move. The power cuts have not affected us so far, even though the television announced this morning that we were having a power cut at that very moment. Clearly, the nuclear power station is a bit worrying, but it doesn’t look likely to become a serious problem for Kawasaki. It’s clearly a really big problem on the site, and for the immediate vicinity, but that’s no reason to leave Tokyo.

There are shortages of certain things, but distribution is happening, so they will probably be back to normal soon. I’m buying each day’s lunch on that day, if I can, so that we still have things in stock, and today the local supermarket had takeaway lunches, lots of fruit and vegetables, and rice back in stock. Milk, bread, and noodles were sold out, however. The situation was about as far from panic buying as is possible; it wasn’t even particularly busy.

So, since Yuriko and Mayuki were planning to go to Nagoya on Saturday in any case, and we have train tickets booked, I do plan for them to go. Mayuki is about to run out of milk, so best to send her somewhere she can get it. I’m also looking at having them stay there for a bit longer than planned, but that will depend on how things are looking by the weekend. I’m not planning to leave until and unless the government tells me to evacuate.






2 responses to “Consular Advice”

  1. joy Chart avatar
    joy Chart

    Happy St Patrick’s Day to you….. If you are still on the computer, it won’t bit a late greeting!!! Give our love to Yuriko and Mayuki. A safe journeay for both of them. Give our greeting to Yuriko parents.

  2. Craig Liley avatar
    Craig Liley

    I am very glad to read that you and your family are safe, and that the media reports, as usual, are greatly exaggerated. My wife and I are praying for the continuing safety of you and all those affected. I am glad that the Red Cross seems to doing its usual great job of getting things set up quickly.

    Please take care of yourself, but continuue to post updates as you are able. It is really helpful to get the impressions of someone who is so much closer, but who isn’t interested in sesationalism or trying to “sell” the story.
    Thank you

    Craig L

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