Ken Sugimori, friend of Satoshi Tajiri and Pokemon illustrator, confirmed on his twitter account that Tajiri is alive despite rumors circulating on the internet that he had perished in the 8.9 earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan yesterday.
“He is alive,” said Sugimori, when asked if Tajiri was dead.
Additionally, Nintendo reports that the entirely of its staff are safe.
“Thanks for your concern!” tweeted Nintendo, “During the earthquake no one at Nintendo in Japan was injured and there was no apparent structural damage.”
Bulbanews reports that other Pokemon officials, such as Midori Harada and Ken Sugimori are fine as well.
“Not allowed to leave the building. It is OK if I use the stairs, given that there is no problem at other floors. Hmm, I would like you to work in about 3 days now elevator.” –Midori Harada
“After traveling March 10 and 11 to Okinawa for business travel, I have not suffered. The flight was canceled on March 11, and unable to fly. Presently waiting at the Naha airport since cancellation.” — Ken Sugimori