Fly-jin Phil (alias) returned to Japan three years after the 3.11 disaster and continues to keep his true identity secret from friends and acquaintances.
“I often wake up in the middle of the night in a pool of sweat after having nightmares where I morph into some sort of jumbo jet,” fly-jin Phil told NHK in an exclusive interview.
Hundreds of fly-jin who have returned to Japan now face the fly-jin stigma.
“When the nuclear disaster occurred I told my mates I had a family emergency back home – but I think many of them suspected I was about to become a fly-jin.”
“It’s a heavy burden – I sometimes subconsciously flail my arms up and down like an aeroplane when I go to buy something from the konbini.”
Fly-jin Phil has begun eating sushi at least three times a week to try to reconcile his abandonment of Japan five years ago.
“I know I’ll never be as Japanese as the gaijin that stayed behind, but I can still try to right the wrongs.”
Fly-jin Phil has tried to cut back on salmon and tuna sushi while increasing his consumption of sea urchin and eel.
“I don’t even mix my wasabi in the soy sauce anymore, I put it straight on top of the sushi piece and use my bare hands to dip the sushi in the soy sauce.”