The Latest From Japan

I’ve been in contact daily with friends in Japan who reside in Tokyo, Niigata, and Ishikawa.  Recently, I wrote a friend in Tokyo and asked what changes were occurring in her daily life as a result of the catastrophe that began last Friday.  She is an interpreter.  Her husband is a medical doctor.  She wrote this:

Do you mean you want to know what changes are taking place in our life?


For example, college admission exams are cancelled, meaning that those high school seniors have lost a chance to get in those colleges.

As for A, my son, many of the job interviews have been cancelled and nobody knows when they are scheduled again.

N, my younger son, is interested in spending the coming summer overseas.  But such programs may be postponed.

The hospital where my husband works have sent doctors to the tsunami-hit areas, meaning that my husband has to work more for them.

These are just a few changes that affect us directly.

There are many other certainties.

For example, the radiation leakage.

If the level of radiation stays high, we may need to stay indoors as much as possible, and that will affect our plans for the coming months.

Many shops are closed, and everything is in short, food, fuel, and other daily necessities.

Transportation is disrupted.  On the first two days, people who work downtown Tokyo had to walk back to their house in the suburbs.  It took them 5 hours!

Power is in short because of the breakdown of so many power plants.  So the government and the power company impose “blackout” on certain communities in certain hours of the day with very short notice.   What if you need artificial dialysis and find no power at the hospital?

I have always believe that in Japan, everything is very organized.  But now I know that those power company are not.


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