Watching the devastation caused by the 9.8 magnitude earthquake (the strongest in living history) and the tsunami that followed in Japan, my heart is breaking. Yet I remain glued to the images on the TV.
You can see some of these images here: http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2011/03/earthquake-in-japan/100022/
On top of the nuclear emergency that has been declared (which brings memories of Chernobyl that my family has lived through) and the still constant threat of aftershocks and further tsunami activity, the Japanese people have a long road ahead of them to recovery.
Please do whatever you can do help out. Go to http://www.redcross.org/ to donate. You can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to Japan’s emergency relief.
Our karate organization, Japan Shotokan Karate Association (JSKA) has been able to reach the head of the organization, Abe Sensei and he is ok, as are the rest of our friends. JSKA-USA is planning our own fundraising efforts and will deliver the information once its available.
My friends, please pray for Japan and all the people affected by this terrible tragedy.