"All that the French embassy could tell us was to stay at home and stock up on water!"
Alexis Borreca is a French expatriate living in Tokyo with his Japanese wife and their 10-year-old daughter.
I’m very worried about the nuclear risk. Fukushima is just 200 km away from Tokyo. It’s a huge power plant, and the latest images showed huge cracks on the walls surrounding the reactors. Radiations are terrifying because they are an invisible threat. As the head of a family, I feel powerless to protect my child.
I’m also very angry. We keep getting contradictory information: at first it was ‘everything is fine don’t panic’, and the next day there are radiation levels ten times higher than normal in Tokyo. They may say it’s not dangerous, but I’m not convinced. And all the French embassy had to say was to stay at home as much possible and fill our bathtubs with water!
Unfortunately, we can’t afford to leave from one day to the next. If we took the next flight back to Paris, we could only bring the minimum belongings with us. We don’t have family members in France, we have no place to stay. Also, my wife works in a major Japanese corporation: she could get fired if she left on such short notice.”