The first extra flight from Jakarta brought relief and anxiety for some 300 evacuees arriving Monday morning at Narita airport in Chiba Prefecture.
The All Nippon Airways flight, which arrived at 7:30 a.m. — 30 minutes ahead of schedule — was the first from Jakarta to arrive after the Foreign Ministry recommended that Japanese nationals return from Indonesia.
“I am relieved that I’m back safely, but a riot or demonstration may occur (Wednesday), and I am worried about my husband,” said Rumiko Arima, whose husband works for a Japanese manufacturer in Jakarta. She will stay with her parents in Shizuoka.
Kuniko Nakatani, 45, of Akashi, Hyogo Prefecture, returned with her two children, but her husband, a construction company employee, remains in Indonesia. “We were safe inside the house, but once we went out, soldiers and tanks were everywhere. It was really frightening,” she said.
A 33-year-old woman who very recently went to Jakarta to join her husband, an engineer, was forced to return with their sons, aged 5 and 8. “I just shipped our furniture to Indonesia (on May 12). I have no idea what we’re going to do,” she said. “I’m worried what will happen at the antigovernment assembly on Wednesday. When we left Sunday, the atmosphere seemed quieter than on any other day so far,” said Susumu Kanazawa, 37, a bank clerk who returned with his wife.
A 36-year-old woman who returned from Bandung, the third-largest city in Indonesia, said: “As it is a college town, student demonstrations were everywhere, but they didn’t grow into a riot. Since the citizens are still dissatisfied, you never know what may happen.”
She said she worries about her 39-year-old husband, who works for a textile company. “Since we don’t know when we can go back, I may have to transfer my daughter to a Japanese school,” she said, as she looked at her 10-year-old daughter, who appeared nervous.
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