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Would you go to Tokyo now, for work?

Dh was asked to go to Tokyo for work next week.  He is a federal employee, and it would be to help out with crisis management there, presumably for one week.

How would you feel about going there if you were asked to for work?  Would you feel fine about your personal safety?   

ETA:  This would be to help out with U.S. citizens in country--so it is disaster relief for Americans there abroad. 

Re: Would you go to Tokyo now, for work?

  • DH's company had one of their departments in Tokyo and shut it down right after the earthquake.  They paid for all the employees and their families to get out of Japan and for their housing in the new country.  No, I wouldn't go and neither would DH.  
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    DH's company had one of their departments in Tokyo and shut it down right after the earthquake.  They paid for all the employees and their families to get out of Japan and for their housing in the new country.  No, I wouldn't go and neither would DH.  

    The U.S. government and military have also done this, but on a temporary basis.

    I would not go, but I am a pansy.     :)

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    not if it could be avoided.
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  • I would go, and I know FI would as well. 
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  • Absolutely.  I feel SO terrible for the Japanese people and if I were offered an opportunity to go help them, I'd jump on it.
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  • Depends on what sorts of safety precautions there are.  I mean, if they were giving the employees bottled water and were shipping food in or providing testing equipment so the employees know that what they're eating is safe, I'd go.  If the company was just like "Disaster?  Wha?" I'd politely decline.
  • Depends.  If it was an opportunity to go help with the disaster relief, I would want to go.  If my company just wanted me to go over on something that could wait or be done remotely, I wouldn't.  
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    not if it could be avoided.
    Ditto this. However, if your H works in the crisis management field, going into dangerous situations shouldn't be that far outside the realm of "job related responsibilies."
  • Does he have to go? If he doesn't, would it effect his job? Have they provided him with what safety precautions he will have? 
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    In that situation, yes I would go. Sounds like it's related to what his job is and it's only a week. I am sure he'd be given iodine and other precautionary things.
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    Does he have to go? If he doesn't, would it effect his job? Have they provided him with what safety precautions he will have? 

     I think that they are pressuring him to go.  They haven't outlined safety precautions yet, but they want him to leave like in 2 days, so there is not a lot of time to mull this over or ask a lot of questions.  In some moments I am thinking I am being a baby about not wanting him to go, but in others I am very worried.  As to the pp, service to the country is a big part of his job, but usually it is with more considered consent when it involves personal danger.  This is a of-the-moment request.   

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  • In you DH's position, yes, I would go.

    In my job - nope.  But my company has also put a stop to all travel to there at the current time.

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  • No, I wouldn't.  The situation with the reactors is still too unstable and could change drastically for the worse at any moment.  I wouldn't risk myself or DH there.

    While it sounds like your DH could be useful, it just isn't worth the risk for me. 

  • I wouldn't want to, but not because of the recent devastation in Japan.  DH would absolutely go; he's been trying to convince me to move to Japan for quite some time now (and thinks he'll succeed one of these days).
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  • does he typically go in after the crisis has occurred and help with transition back to baseline? the distinction with this trip is the threat of another crisis occuring while he's there that might have health implications for him.

    what sort of situations is he usually expected to help manage? does he usually rush in in the midst of it - or are things typically over by the time he gets there and he is helping to put things back to normal?

    yesterday's state dept update says the nuclear plant situation "remains serious."

    would I go? no. if it were my job....I don't know. I'd feel like it was my duty probably..... what are the implications if he says no?

  • My mother is over there right now.  She runs a red cross office on an air force base outside of Tokyo.  She says it is aweful but it is her job to help those in a disaster.  Her time there (was due to be transfered to TX the week of the earthquake) has been extended because there are so many people in need.  I would do it.
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  • Yes, I would go. I'd feel a lot safer responding to a disaster in Japan than in a lot of other places I've gone and may go in the future.

    That said, my next two trips are likely to be to Gaza and either Iraq or Yemen (possibly followed by Cairo) so I'm maybe not a good judge of "safe." 

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    does he typically go in after the crisis has occurred and help with transition back to baseline? the distinction with this trip is the threat of another crisis occuring while he's there that might have health implications for him.

    what sort of situations is he usually expected to help manage? does he usually rush in in the midst of it - or are things typically over by the time he gets there and he is helping to put things back to normal?

    yesterday's state dept update says the nuclear plant situation "remains serious."

    would I go? no. if it were my job....I don't know. I'd feel like it was my duty probably..... what are the implications if he says no?

    This.  Due to high/unstable levels of radiation in and around Japan there could be long term effects to him going.

    Does he have the ability to decline?  If so, as PP said, what are the implications if he says no?

     

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