I have been monitoring the news reports from Japan since the end of last week. I and others here are very concerned about the ongoing reports about the shocking levels of rainfall, consequential flooding and landslides and resultant loss of life, centred primarily on Hiroshima Prefecture.
I remember the the last, more serious, set of landslides centred on Hiroshima city itself about which I posted extensively in August 2014 – a month that retains the record for the single largest monthly total of posts on this blog – which prompted me to contact the British Embassy in Japan to check on your welfare.
This time, it seems that it has been the wider prefecture rather than the city itself that has borne the brunt and I hope and pray that you are safe and well and have not been placed anywhere near harm’s way. I will continue to monitor what is going on there and my thoughts remains with you as, of course, they always are irrespective of events such as these.
[UPDATE, 13 JULY 2018, 1.05pm GMT: I received an email from a Pro Consul at the British Embassy overnight, having contacted both your mother and, after not receiving a response from her the British Embassy in Tokyo, after posting the above message. The Pro Consul confirmed that you are well; your mother also sent me an email after becoming aware of attempts by the Embassy to contact her via your maternal grandparents. I am just happy that you are safe and well given what has happened in Japan. I will post a further message to you and send some stuff to you later in the summer.]