Thanks so much for all the information. I hope this crisis ends soon, and people can start rebuilding.
Thanks so much for all the information. I hope this crisis ends soon, and people can start rebuilding.
Shinku, I'm glad you posted. Thank you, I hope you and your family are well.
Shinku, thank you for keeping us updated about the situation in Tokyo and in Japan in general.
About the help that you are receiving from foreign troops: Japan deserves every bit of help it receives and then some. I am Turkish and we are incredibly grateful for the help Japan sent after the 1999 Golcuk earthquake, when tens of thousands of people were left under rubble. Japanese search and rescue teams brought their expertise and put their lives in danger, searching for survivors in half-demolished concrete buildings while there were aftershocks many times a day. They could have remained under rubble themselves at any moment.
Since they were able to pinpoint survivors in a way that was not possible with dogs or other methods, they saved many lives that would have been lost for sure, despite all the other teams present. How can this debt ever be repayed?
Japan also built almost a small town with thousands of prefabricated houses near Yalova for some of those left homeless (600,000 were left homeless unfortunately.) One of the things that touched me most was the individual attentions of people all around the world. For instance the donations Japanese farmers put together and sent to the farmers' association in the region.
I just wanted to let you know that we are so grateful, we wish you so well and hope so hard that the disaster will be over soon.
ありがとう Skinku. Well said. But I hope you don't feel guilty about Worlds. Hugs and prayers to you and all the people of Japan.
I was in Tokyo for the earthquake - right near Yoyogi Stadium and saw that it seemed alright. Things have changed since Sunday when I left - the nuclear problems, food delivery problems that will take a while to resolve, and the quakes in other areas that you have told us about.
At this point, we are hoping and praying that all the FSU and skater family will be all right. The "self defense force" have been very impressive in their immediate response last Friday and since then. That the skyscrapers stayed upright in Tokyo is a wonderful tribute to the excellence of Japanese building and technology. They withstood a greater force than had ever been anticipated.
Thank you for posting. I will send emails to Speedy, the ISU and JSF. Stay safe.
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. Plato
Shinku you are so positive and thoughtful. I have a cousin in Japan and I notice with much admiration just how calm and respectful the Japanese people are through this tragedy. We all could learn a lesson. God bless you; and don't worry about skating after all as much as we love it, it is only skating.
Shinku, if you are a representation of the Japanese culture, then I can see wholeheartedly now why my niece is so taken and in love with Japan and it's culture. Not that I hadn't seen it before, but your posts just help me to see it more clearly now than ever. What a beautiful person you are. And what beautiful people your countrymen are as well.
I echo sequins' sentiment. We could all learn a lesson.
Shinku, thank you for your candid, informative, and generous updates. In Canada we are gripped by the multiple tragedies of the last week and our thoughts are with you all. I am especially concerned about you and those living in Tokyo at this point. Is it not the time now to consider moving south - staying with family/friends, if one is able to? I realize that this is not possible for everyone, but perhaps if some start leaving now, a more orderly process could take place if events take a turn for the worse. (This report on the US evaluation of the situation has caused my concern: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Jap...316/story.html.) I'm sure you have more information, but am making this suggestion because sometimes those outside the situation have a better perspective. If this is not the case here, my apologies. I don't mean to cause further anxiety or alarm.
Shinku - Thank you for all of the information you have provided so eloquently. My thoughts and prayers have been with the people of Japan since I first heard the news about the earthquake and tsunami.
I have sent an e-mail to the association and to the Seiko Hashimoto as you requested. I opened the message with an expression of sympathy but politely requested that they give up the ridiculous idea of a Worlds in the Fall, etc.
I hope that others will do the same, on behalf of the skaters.
May things return to some level of normalcy as soon as possible for everyone.
Can't skate but love to watch
Thank you very much for the email addresses, Shinku! I have emailed the JSF and will email Hashimoto soon. It would be a great thing to let the JSF know our opinions of the matter, if they are not already aware of the effects an October worlds would have.
Great message, Shinku. Hopes and prayers from everyone are with the people of Japan.
In my humble opinion, we do not know yet if it is the Japanese federation or the ISU who insists on holding the Worlds in October. Maybe the JSF is simply looking for a way to comply with the ISU's request.
Shinku, you have every right to criticise your own federation from the point of view of a person currently sharing the same hardships and I'm sure I would have done the same thing in your place. However I feel sad at the idea of the JSF and its president being flooded by negative e-mails (however polite) from all over world, at a time when they are facing such a disaster and such a disappointment after so much preparation.
Even October seems way too soon IMO for Tokyo.
Maybe a south city ?
Anyway, with what is being projected about a big one on the over fault lines south Tokyo, I would rather not have worlds there in the near future.
poths Void: MarieM carries a rusty old blade in her handbag!
Well, as for Tokyo...the government, scientists and our electricity company has been telling us that only very small amounts of radiation has been observed in the air so far. They did provide actual numbers like 0.4 something whatever, and have assured us that the amount is far from causing any health damages, so we have not been suggested to evacuate from Tokyo in any way. I think their analysis is being based also on some data from an accident occuring in 1999, at a different nuclear power station located in the Ibaraki prefecture which is much more closer to Tokyo than the one in Fukushima. There was a radiation leak then, no explosions, but all the people residing close to the station had to evacuate just like the people in Fukushima now. Some of the workers in the station died after suffering several days due to high radiation exposure. But up till now, there are no reports of people who were living nearby at the time having any sort of damage to their health because of the accident. However, it's very difficult to prove that some disease was caused from radiation after years have passed (there are still many people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki who claim their health was damaged, or their children or grandchildren became sick due to their presence in those cities when the a-bombs were dropped, but are not yet supported by our government since there is no evidence that it was the radiation which caused their illnesses). So there may be some people who got sick and died later because of the accident in 99, and maybe they weren't even aware of it.
Now although they keep on saying it's totally safe in Tokyo because the radiation will become weak by the time it reaches us, some specialists have advised us not to go outside if it should rain...well, just to be on the safe side I guess, but it's kind of scary when they say that. But it is a fact that Tokyo was not affected at all when the Ibaraki station had it's accident. Therefore, most of us in Tokyo think there should be no serious influences from the station in Fukushima. We are all very concerned for the people residing within or close to the Fukushima prefecture, but not so worried about ourselves in Tokyo at this point. Many stupid rumors start going around whenever there's a news report on any nuclear power station having even the most minor kind of troubles; like your hair will fall out if it gets wet from rain and stuff, and anti-nuclear activists start shouting that everyone is in danger no matter which part of Japan they live in. But most of us know that such rumors aren't true. As we are a country which has experienced Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the past, all of us have been taught in school of how damaging radiation can be. So we are aware of the dangers pretty much more than some other countries maybe, and thus fear radiation much more too. But we also know that radiation from a single power station will not be affecting the whole country. I mean if that were the case, we'd have all been dead soon after Hiroshima and Nagasaki, right?
I want to thank you and everyone else again who are concerned about us again, but there isn't much need to worry about Tokyo. We're starting to run out of supplies in shops, and we're running out of gasoline for our cars, but otherwise, things are fine. The damaged areas in the north are suffering much more supply shortages, they do not have enough food and all the gas has been stopped so many people have no heating. Compared to what's happening to them, and the people in Fukushima, Tokyo is in no position to panic or complain about anything. Do save your prayers for those in the damaged northern areas and for those in Fukushima, not Tokyo please. Thank you again, and I'll try to post further info if there are any changes in our situations.
Thank you for keeping us updated with your thorough and beautifully written reports, Shinku.
Shinku, thanks for your thoughtful posts and updates,
They provide a different perspective than much of what has been said in the media,
Please, continue them, as you are able.
Shinku, I'm amazed by what you wrote (and how you wrote it, your english is pretty darn good for a native japanese speaker).
You can see where the strengths of your country lie, and at the same time you don't refrain from pointing out how the JSF is being wrong, in your opinion; nor you are afraid of voicing it.
I'm sure that if your fellow citizens are anything like you, not only will Japan rise fast from this disaster, but you'll soon have a brand new federation policy to be proud of.
eyria on gs started this petition to advocate scheduling Worlds outside Japan, and earlier than October.
please pardon my post--i was unable to locate eyria's own post here on FSU, so i wanted to add this link here just in case.
shinku, thank you again for your steady courage and magnanimity in midst of crisis. god has big ears to go with a big heart, so i'll pray for everybody, even folks here in america