For his research on Fukushima evacuees, Anthropology doctoral student, Aleksandr Sklyar, was interviewed by The Asahi Shimbun, a leading Japanese newspaper. He was featured for his research on Fukushima evacuees and their decisions following the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident.
Sklyar's connection to this type of research stems from his own experience in Ukraine. This is explained in the article. "In 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed and amidst rampant hyperinflation, his grandmother’s life savings became equivalent to two pieces of bread and one liter of milk. His parents were seriously concerned for their children’s future in such an unreliable society. In 1995, his family won the Green Card Lottery and immigrated from Ukraine to the U.S." The Asahi Shimbun also mentions, "In March 2011, Sklyar experienced the Great East Japan Earthquake while studying Japanese in Yokohama, Japan. Seeing people evacuating from Fukushima because of the explosion of nuclear power reactors reminded him of his childhood experience relocating from Ukraine."
These experiences have fueled Sklyar's desire to examine the reasons that "the majority of voluntary evacuees go back and that the vast majority of people in Fukushima never left."
Sklyar will return to the United States this May to continue writing his doctoral dissertation.