So, while many “gaijin” (foreigners) have left Japan or are not visiting, one gaijin wants to set up home here. In Tokyo.

NEW YORK–Renowned expert in Japanese literature and culture Donald Keene, who recently announced his intention to gain Japanese citizenship and move permanently to Tokyo, wants to “be with the Japanese people,” he told The Yomiuri Shimbun.

Keene, a professor emeritus at Columbia University, said the Great East Japan Earthquake had inspired the decision.

“Japan will surely resurrect itself from the disaster to become an even more splendid country than before, I believe,” the 88-year-old, speaking in Japanese, said in an interview held Friday at his home in New York. “So I’ll be moving to Japan in a positive frame of mind.”

Keene said he will shift to Kita Ward, Tokyo, where he has owned a home for more than 30 years, by September.

via ‘I want to be with Japan’ / Donald Keene discusses plan to relocate, become citizen : National : DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE (The Daily Yomiuri).