Wimps! And yet again, we see the power of family pressure to leave. According to my painstaking research (viz. 10 mins of TV + reading a coupla online news articles), I’ve concluded that the #1 reason most gaijin left Japan was because of pressure from family outside Japan. My emphasis.

The massive March 11 earthquake and radiation leaks at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant have scared away at least 4,330 foreign students who were enrolled at 71 universities in Japan, according to a Yomiuri Shimbun survey.This figure includes students who have left Japan earlier than scheduled, as well as those who canceled visits to this country for admission to colleges and universities here. The affected universities are not only in the disaster-hit region but also in the Tokyo metropolitan area and western Japan. The Yomiuri survey covered 71 universities with a sizable foreign student roll.Sophia University is one such university. “It seems students have been told by their parents not to go to Japan, although they want to do so,”

via Foreign student exodus / At least 4,330 have left due to quake, nuclear fears : National : DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE The Daily Yomiuri.