For a change, Japan Times takes a reasonably proficient and quite positive look at stayjin 18 months on.
First, we have "Mitch", a Canadian trainjin who took a week-long break from Tokyo to stay in Osaka. He says:
"A few Japanese friends indicated that they felt I was overreacting by leaving Tokyo, but I never sensed any real resentment from anyone over my decision," he says.
"I didn’t feel any resentment towards the people who chose to leave Japan," he says. "In fact, I half-expected I would soon join them if the situation continued to deteriorate."
Good, good. Next we have John Loynes who, as a resident of Iwaki city, can truthfully claim to be a Tohoku victim.
As to why he and his family decided to stay in Fukushima when, seemingly at the time, a large proportion of the non-Japanese population was leaving the country, Loynes says he did not feel it was necessary to leave after reading information from sources he trusted, such as the chief science adviser to the British government.
Yay for good old British common sense!
"[…] I would have liked maybe a smidge more stoicism from the British Embassy, such as endorsing the evacuation zones suggested by the Japanese and Americans."
I’m not sure what he’s trying to say here. This story, for instance, indicates that the US stopped endorsing the Japanese zones, and initially the UK advised everyone in Tokyo and north to evacuate. However, if you’re being interviewed, you cannot stop and check Google to make sure what you are saying is correct, so perhaps he was just mis-remembering information?
"The majority of foods, whilst not completely unaffected, are still safe to eat," he says. "In fact, we’re eating the local vegetables."
I predict that quote will make EneNews.