Media July 2011

Expats “Set to Flee”—Again

A second exodus of expats from Japan appears to have started, particularly among those with young family members, the Financial Times reported on 19 June. As schools prepare for the summer vacation and property contracts approach renewal deadlines, some foreign professionals are deciding to leave Japan, according to recruitment, relocation and property firms.

Their fears are being fanned by the unresolved crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, and have driven fresh demand for skilled expatriate staff in the areas of IT, legal work, banking and accountancy.

A British mother said: “People are still unsettled. They’re worried about radiation, whether they should buy local food or drink tap water. If you have children, you really worry about them”.