Gary’s former radio pal, Kamasami Kong called in from Tokyo once again this week to give us an update on the general outlook and mood of the people in the despaired country.
While most people living in Tokyo feel secure and calm about the low radiation concerns from the nuclear power plant, Kamasami tells us that very few people are out on the streets and how difficult it’s been to find bread and water in grocery stores. But right now, Kamasami’s focus has been just trying to get back to normal and help in any way to provide relief for victims north of Tokyo.
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The prominent Tokyo radio personality has been taking to the streets since the natural disaster to see how the people of Tokyo feel about staying in the country, or whether they’ll flee. For the most part, Kamasami says the people don’t seem very anxious or worried about staying in the country.
“The people who’ve decided to stay here in Japan, here in Tokyo are very calm and they are very assured on why they’re staying,” he says.
He feels pretty secure himself about staying in the country and isn’t alarmed about the possibility of radiation affects from the nearby nuclear power plant. Since the initial quake and tsunami, the country has experienced over 600 aftershocks (click here for Japan quake map), which he says has people stocking up on supplies.
“The shelves here in Tokyo in grocery and convenience stores are strangely empty,” says Kamasami. “Very hard to find bread, water and things like batteries. Those things are gone, they’re off the shelves.”
Despite the dire effects to the country from the disaster, he says people are just trying to get back to their normal lives and “trying to put things back together.”
- Listen to our first interview with Kamasami Kong here.