I have been pleading with my friends in Sendai since March 15 to leave for a safer area, but they refuse to go.
The Japanese people are being deceived - told to stay indoors and monitor the radiation instead of fleeing to safety. It reminds me of how children were told to hide under their desks in case of an atomic bomb attack. The Japanese people are not being told of the true dangers of further earthquakes, explosions and radiation.
It is a tragedy beyond tragedy. It is a crime of enormous proportions that will affect helpless little children and generations to come.
But nobody wants to hear the truth. It is easier to hide under the desk. I wish I could hide from the truth too, but I can't.
(Photograph of Nozomi amd Shinya and their little daughters below).
I spent four days and nights trying to locate Nozomi and her family.
March 11, 2011 7:00 AM
We are just hearing about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Are you all safe? I look forward to hearing from you.
March 15, 2011
Thank you for your email. I and my family are all safe.
We hadn't been having electricity for 4 days, but last
night, it finally came.
Many many people died in my prefecture even in my
Thanks God we are alive.
Please tell my friends that I'm okay.
March 15, 2011
OH !!! I AM SO HAPPY !!!!!!!
Please take care of yourselves and keep in touch with me. I love you and I have been awake three days trying to find you. I am crying happy tears now.
Try to get out of the danger area no matter what you have to leave behind. Protect your family.
I will tell Brian and Georgia this wonderful news !!!!!!
Later, I will send you email showing you what I have been doing to try to find you.
I can't stop crying and laughing now.
I thank God for this miracle !!!!
Tuesday Morning, 8:15 AM, Montreal Time
I don't know what your situation is like and whether you are able to hear the latest news. In the west we hear there is serious danger from the nuclear plants. There have been explosions and news reports there is a real danger of radiation leaks and more explosions.
It would be best if you could leave Japan or at least travel very far from the nuclear reactors. This is not gossip but serious news reports.
Please let me know your situation and let me know Shinya's family name. It was difficult to search for you without knowing it.
I check my email day and night.
Take care of yourselves. Nothing is more important than protecting your family.
Canadian news is reporting interviews with nuclear experts. Radiation leaking from the reactors is already a danger. Even though the effects may not be shown immediately, the radiation is in the air and being breathed in and spreading onto everything. It cannot be seen or felt but there is serious health danger, especially to children.
March 15, 2011
Thank you so much for writing. You are right. We in the West are hearing that your government may not be telling you all the truth abut the danger. We are also hearing conflicting reports, but there is radiation leaking from the plants already and there have been more explosions. You cannot be too careful
I strongly suggest that you move as far away from the plants as you possibly can. I am not trying to frighten you. but to protect you. The danger is real. The radiation that has already been released is in the air and can travel on the wind. It is a serious health threat when it is breathed in. It has no taste or smell. You cannot know it is there. Also the radiation lands on everything including crops and food and water. There is not yet enough radiation to cause illness that everyone would feel - like upset stomach , vomiting etc. The smaller amounts of radiation can take years to show the effects. The danger is greatest to the children, but all life is affected.
You should not take the chance of staying, but leave as quickly as you can. I do not want to scare you or to upset you or make you panic. But to be safe, you should go quickly and as far as possible. No one can be sure about how these earthquakes and radiation leaks will increase or which way the wind will blow the radiation. So please go, and keep writing to me. I am telling Brian about everything. He has his mind in the sky trusting God. I trust good sense and reason and logic and I want you to be safe.
I check my email day and night, so keep writing and let me know where you are. Also, please tell me Shinya's family name in case we lose touch again.
Do you have money? I do not know how I could send money to you in these circumstances, but if you need some, I promise to help as much as I can.
March 15, 2011
Our news is now reporting that the danger has increased and people are fleeing. You must go. And be careful. And keep writing to me. They are now saying that the government is downplaying the danger. You must go south without delay. Do not wait.
Do not stay. Go. Now.
I'm at home, in Sendai now. It's over 100km far from
Fukushima nuclear plant. Please don't worry.
My boss said that I can stay at home for a while.
I also got email from Sook yesterday, and I replied.
I really thank you for your kindness.
Several embassies advised their citizens to leave affected areas, including Tokyo. Some multinational companies either told staff to leave or were considering relocating outside the city. US says Americans should leave affected areas.
UPDATE: 3/16. American officials break with Japanese authorities, broadening the area US citizens should move from immediately to a 50 mile radius from Fukushima plant. Source: CNN
Update 3/16: Level in Tokyo 10 times higher than normal says Kyodo News ....
I know American Embassy said to the Americans who live in Japan
to leave to the USA or at least leave to 80km far from Fukushima.
American media can say anything because they don't live in Japan.
But we are living here.
I know the radiation comes to Sendai already, but it is not so different
in Tokyo. How we can do?
Tohoku University where I work started to monitor the radiation.
I look numerical values carefully.
March 18, 2011
My heart is with you and your children, Nozomi,
I can only imagine your situation and how you feel. All I can think is that - if I were in your place - I would do everything possible to take my children as far away as possible and as quickly as possible. I think that the longer you remain in that area, the more radiation you are exposed to. And there is the danger of further explosions. I know there is no perfect answer and it is all a gamble, but it seems to me that getting far away quickly makes sense.
March 18, 2011
The danger has increased. I can't describe the technical information that is being reported on the news as I write. There is more than the radiation that everyone is talking about. There are plutonium particles being released because of the water levels being lowered in the plants.
March 18, 2011
JAPAN RAISES DANGER LEVEL FROM 4 to 5 OUT OF 7
Japan's nuclear safety agency has raised the rating of the country's nuclear crisis from 4 to 5 on a 7- level international scale.
Some experts are saying the level should be SIX
Authorities are struggling to prevent the catastrophic release of radiation in the area devastated by a tsunami.