We will stay open at least until Monday.
After consuming the ramen pizza (above), we spent hours discussing what to do next. Amidst fears of plutonium being released from one or more of the reactors, an official from the Nuclear Plant Authority said in a news conference today that things are remaining safe. I still think we should all leave just until the smoke clears, but it's not that easy of a decision for all of us. First, there's the whole money issue. A lot of us don't have the money to leave and if we do leave we run the risk of not getting paid. Second, where do we go? I'm lucky enough to have friends around the world that would accept me, but not everyone is as lucky. Third, if one of us leaves, that puts pressure on the rest of us if we decide to stay open. I know all of these problems seem trivial with the fact that we may get exposed to serious radiation, but what if we don't get exposed? And with pressure from our boss to stay open, it gets even harder. Then there's also the whole mentality of 'I'm Japanese so I'll remain here until I die.' I think this is why the people of Tokyo are so calm and refuse to evacuate. If all these ramen shops and small restaurants close, where will the people that remain in Tokyo eat at?
I may not be making much sense, but it's definitely not that easy.
In conclusion, since we can't all just leave tomorrow, we've decided to stay open at least until Monday and then reassess our situation. Boom has decided to leave, with our consensus, and I wish him the best.
Alright, time for some ramen. Mentsuu is just across the street from Bassanova.
I got the Shisen Ramen in honor of my girlfriend.
I really miss her.
I'd give anything to be with her in France.
Thanks mom for being there for me. You are the best.