Actor, 33 (Japanese)
No, it didn’t change anything for me. I have been volunteering with the Nippon Foundation, translating news and announcements for foreign people in Tohoku. I’m not scared or worried about the future.
Medical Student, 33 (Japanese)
I have been worrying about the effects of the disaster on the Japanese economy. I live outside of Tokyo and do not think it is entirely safe yet — I feel that there is some danger still remaining.
Software, 29 (Canadian)
I arrived in Japan after the quake. I’d been planning my trip for two years, but even when I heard about the quake I didn’t want to change my plans. I’ve been told many people fled Tokyo, but compared to where I’m from it’s very busy.
Cook, 25 (Canadian)
I was in Fukushima with my friends when the earthquake struck. We had left Sendai just one day earlier — so we were very lucky. Since then, I feel grateful for having life, and try to bring sunshine to every day I have.
Teacher, 23 (English)
The earthquake affected my perception of the British media, due to their coverage of the disaster. Many of my foreign friends left almost immediately afterwards, and although I feel very sad, I am continuing my life here.
Student, 16 (Japanese)
I have many friends in Iwate and Tohoku, and I worry for them. They have lost their homes and have little food to eat, so I have been making an effort to turn off lights and only buy what I need. We need to share resources and supplies.
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