Here in Japan we remember all those who lost their lives in the East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami seven years ago today.
I ask your prayers for all of the victims and their families and friends who remain and mourn their loss. Some people lost their entire families on that day.
I was thankfully spared the horrors of the tsunami that day because I live farther inland in Fukushima prefecture. But, I remember the earthquake well (too well) and the subsequent radiation crisis at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant which I live roughly 36 miles from.
Thankfully, radiation levels have dropped dramatically in the past seven years, but the threat of long-term radiation exposure continues to haunt me and plague my psyche.
I wrote a book about my personal experiences during the earthquake and nuclear crisis. It’s available in e-book form on Amazon in the U.S., Japan and Europe, etc. You can access the link from the “My Books” section of this blog or search for it on Amazon in your country.
Koriyama (where I live) and Fukushima prefecture in general are recovering, slowly but surely. However, a lot of work still needs to be done. The courage and dignity of the Tohoku people is incredible to behold. We are all in this together and have been walking hand in hand on the path to recovery.
Please keep the people of Northeastern Japan in your thoughts and prayers today…and always.