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.]
Today marks 6 and a half years since you were abducted to Japan so I thought I’d post a short note to you today with some bits of news for you.
Yesterday saw Prince Harry get married to Meghan Markle. The Prince is a few years younger than me and I remember watching him and his brother grow up when I was growing up so that shows how quickly time passes. I watched part of the television coverage from Windsor. It was reported that a billion people watched the proceedings around the world and it struck me that you might well have been one of them. I well remember the time when Prince Andrew married in 1986 when I was about the age you are now.
Tomorrow I have again been roped in to walk the 10 km London legal walk. According to my professional magazine, over 12,000 people are to participate this year. Because of the numbers, there are two routes again this year – one going down and then back up the other side of the Thames and the other through the parks. Not sure which route the team that I am going with is to take this year – we took the park route last year which also took in a bit of the River as well. I will try and take some photos for you again as I did last year, particularly if we take the river route this time.
On a much sadder note, on 28 May 2018, it will be exactly 10 years since Grandad, the Great grandfather you never met, passed away. As I’ve said before you were born 6 months to the day after he died. Along with you, he is the person I think about a lot. He achieved a lot in his life; he obtained a PhD from Cambridge University and went on to become the deputy head of a Ministry of Defence research facility. He was involved in the design in the 1960s of the satellite dishes that adorned the BT Tower until quite recently; at the time they were state-of-the art and stood the test of time (the article that this link goes to is written by someone with the same name as me). His ashes are interred in west London and I will go and visit him again later this month.
Hope you are keeping well.
It is national Children’s Day in Japan today. Today marks the 70th anniversary of the year when the government of Japan designated the day as a national holiday.
Today also marks a sad but true milestone in this blog: this is the 300th post. I have delayed posting a couple of recent developments in the US and Canada as regards the issue of international parental child abduction so that the 300th post would be on Children’s Day in Japan. I will post about those other developments in the coming days.
Earlier this week I mailed to you a package containing a card and some other items (photographed below); the package has yet to be delivered but should be early next week…
Have a nice Children’s Day in Japan, son. I will send you a further personal message a bit later in the summer. You are welcome to contact me at any time and you don’t need to worry about me telling anyone in Japan about it. Apart from anything else, it has been over 5 years now since I had any proper news about you and, knowing so little, it is very difficult to choose things to buy for you.
This month I am (again) increasing the monthly standing order that I send to your mother’s UK bank account. I hope that this money is be being used to help you although, despite the years that I have been doing this for, there has been no acknowledgement of it or confirmation that it is being used or saved for you. As you get older, and particularly if I do not get to hear from you until you are better placed to make decisions for yourself, I am likely to start sending you, directly in Japan, money as well as presents so that (I hope) you will be able to choose something suitable for yourself.
That’s all for now.
Update (13 May 2018): the items were delivered on 9 May 2018:
Maundy Thursday 2018
This is just to wish you a very happy Easter this weekend. There are national holidays in the UK tomorrow and Monday so I will be off work until Tuesday. I mailed you some items in the post yesterday (see below) so these should be with you by the middle of next week. I hope that you are keeping well, are doing well at school and that you have a nice weekend. Your family in the UK miss you a lot, as do I.
You turn nine and a quarter today. It snowed overnight in London – the weather in the UK is very bad this week. I went out early and took some photographs of the snow for you – please see below. I am going up to see Grandad on Friday evening; I’m taking a plane up to Newcastle and am hoping that the flight is not cancelled because of the bad weather.
Hope you are keeping well.