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An Open Letter from Hajime about the Disasters in Japan

Dear Everyone,

I’ve been swamped with questions, so I’d like to answer them first:  My friends and family are safe.  Yes, I was in Hawaii during the tsunami.  We were evacuated to higher ground for about 11 hours.  The damage ended up being minimal where I was.

Many of you know that I lived in Japan until I was 19.  This tragedy against my homeland is difficult for me to process.  Thanks to those who have sent kind words to me the past few days.  I actually spent 3 days in Sendai this past November.  It is hard to believe that Sendai is now gone.

Many survivors have no shelter in freezing weather.  Some have shelter, but don’t know the status of their loved ones.  The stores in Tokyo are already running out of food and supplies.  The nuclear situation is surreal.  Some experts say there is a good chance that more earthquakes are likely for Japan in the next few days.

People keep asking me, “What can I do to help?”.  I don’t have an answer.  If donating to the Red Cross makes you feel better, go for it.  Right now, let’s think about the victims and remember that they were living their daily lives – just like us – when this happened.  The best way for us to honor them is to make serious, permanent changes in our lives.  Live each day.  Encourage others to do the same.

Hajime

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