I have been following a bit the story of Jerrod Lentz, who was featured on MSNBC last month, as someone who had left Tokyo after the big earthquake.
On the above YouTube clip, Lentz explained on March 16th that the company that runs Tokyo SeaWorld and Disneyland, OLC, had given employees the option of going home permanently, or temporarily. Lentz chose temporarily, and so returned to Hershey, Pennsylvania (right west of me a bit, in another county.) This month, he went back to Tokyo.
You can hardly consider Lentz to be Flyjin, since his company was shutting down for a stretch. If the job disappears–and it isn’t even in your real country–then what are you supposed to do?
Debito today has a post up about how one Japanese newspaper is blaming the shutdown of Tokyo Disneyland on foreigners, not because of power outages. But it seems to me that there must be a number of dedicated workers at Disney who are willing to make a go of it, and this is obvious from even a few days after the disaster.
[P.S. It’s likely that Mr. Lentz is keiyaku sha’in, or contract worker, not sei sha’in or permanent (or regular) employee. In Japan, the contract for a keiyaku sha’in worker binds both the employer and the employee. So if you watch the whole You Tube video, as I did, you see that management is basically saying, in so many words, that they are allowing people to break the contract without there being repercussions.
It may well be that at the time, Disneyland couldn’t function because of the rolling blackouts. But still, Disneyland had the right to these employees’ labor.]
[Update: H/T to Debito, added for effect: