Hiroshima landslide: update

Further to yesterday’s post, I received overnight the email reproduced below from the British Consulate General in Osaka.  It was from one of the two officials who conducted the consular visit on Hugo back in March 2013.  It is, to say the least, upsetting that they would not try and contact his mother or her parents.  Whilst Hugo is a British citizen, I cannot see that his mother and her family’s priority would be to keep the British Embassy posted about his welfare as he is living in Japan, as a Japanese, with no contact with me.  Since I posted yesterday, and before receiving the email, I believed that I had established that the area involved was Asaminami-ku which is in the south of the city and, according to Google Maps, adjacent or almost adjacent to the ward where Hugo lives.  I shall have to email the Pro-Consul back to clarify this point – as her email suggests otherwise and because there have been reports of further landslides.  I will update the blog in due course.

The latest news from the BBC suggests that the death toll is now almost 40 and an unknown number of people are still missing.  A report that mentions the ward said to be involved can be read here.


From:  [email address removed]
Sent: ‎21/‎08/‎2014 02:31
To: [email address removed]
Subject: [text removed]

Dear [name removed]


Thank you for your e-mail and we understand that you are concerned about your son lives in Hiroshima.


We confirmed the affected area is Asa Kita-ku and Asa Minami-ku where is north part of Hiroshima City and there are no reports of British nationals involved so far. Hugo kun lives in Saeki-ku where is south part of Hiroshima City and far from the affected area but please let me know if there is any reason why you think Hugo may be involved (e.g. grandparents live in that area etc).


Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Best regards,



[name removed] | Pro-Consul | British Consulate-General Osaka | Epson Osaka Building 19F | 3-5-1 Bakuro-machi | Chuo-ku | Osaka 541-0059 | Japan |

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