TO, I hope things are not to dire there
This is really a question that each individual must answer for him/herself. I would not presume to push one way or the other, but I would state what I plan to do.
It is not an easy call. Most Western vendors have nixed the sale of Shizuoka tea for this harvest. Many Western drinkers have nixed drinking it for this harvest.
It can be ... unsettling bringing the cup to your mouth for the first time. It is a bit of a hump to get over.
I had my first Shizuoka 2011 at the WTE-East around a month ago ... which BTW was crazy good, and I brought a few samples home. While I won't be buying lots of Shizuoka tea right now, I will consider it on a case by case basis.
As I said 5 months ago, I would reassess the situation in 6 months ... I have moved up the reassessment and I will buy under the right circumstance and from the right vendor(s).