Japan is one country that is highly prone to natural disasters. On March 11, 2011, I was there when the country experienced the triple disaster of the mega earthquake, the tsunami, and the Fukushima nuclear accident. Currently, some central and northern parts of Honshu island are experiencing extreme floods and landslides due to the unusually heavy rains triggered by Tropical Storm Etau
Reuters reports that some areas had received more than twice the average September amount of rain in 48 hours by noon on Thursday, leading to some of the worst flooding in more than 60 years. In the flooded city of Josso, north of Tokyo, more than 20 missing people as of Friday morning. Three deaths have been reported, one in Miyagi Prefecture and two in Tochigi Prefecture. May their souls rest in peace and may God comfort their families in these difficult times.
It has been reported that the waters are now visibly receding in Josso city. But further up north, in Osaki City, Miyagi Prefecture, the banks of Shibui River broke early Friday morning thereby causing severe flooding in the area. It has also been reported that the city of Sendai had issued an evacuation advisory to more than 400,000 people after the Nanakitagawa River flooded.
I lived in Japan for close to five years. My PhD research at Tokyo Institute of Technology was 100% sponsored by the Japanese people through the Japanese government scholarship. I also benefited a lot from the cheap government housing, child allowance, health system and and other social support programs.
Throughout my stay in Japan, the Japanese people were very nice to me and my family. I will always be grateful to them. May God help the Land of the Rising Sun! Ganbare Nippon!!!