I haven’t heard from many of my Japanese friends yet, and of course I can imagine that their first priority is not to get on the Internet and let me know they are safe. The ones I am most concerned about are the ones in the Tokyo area.
For those who are interested, however, I have heard from Mr. Iwahara. He is safe. However, the college he works for, the JIKEI group, have sustained massive losses in Sendai. He will write more later.
It’s a long shot, because I’m sure none of my former students or my friends read Writer Tamago. But if you’re out there, get in touch with me and assure me that you’re well. I am concerned.