I haven’t posted anything since the end of August. That has been partly because I have been really busy with an eventful work life since returning from Guernsey at the beginning of September.
September 23rd 2018 marked the passing of 2,500 days since I last saw you, an appalling milestone. But I am likely to remember the month of September 2018 for a different reason. On the 6th I received an email from your mother offering to let me “see” you, a breakthrough of sorts after almost 7 years of no contact. This was, however, only after she was contacted by a consular official who I had asked to get in touch with you over the flooding in Hiroshima and elsewhere in July. I pointed out the lack of contact that I had with you but did not really expect anything to come of it as nothing had changed in the past. However whilst the official was not permitted to speak to you as I had asked, she did say in her response to me that your mother was agreeable to me visiting Japan to see you. This came as a shock but it falls short of what is needed – regular video/telephone contact and information about your education and life in Japan.
I will be very busy with work in the run up to Brexit at the end of March – work helps me cope with not having you around – but I am looking to visit you in Japan in the second half of next year. I may also raise the possibility of you coming to the UK at my expense as you need to see this country again and your family here but I doubt that that will be agreed to.
I will of course keep writing this blog. The reality remains that I am not part of your life and whilst I have no idea if you know about this blog it is my way to keep you in my life as best I can.
You turn 10 in 8 days’ time and I will post a further message then.