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Notes from Japan in the Aftermath of Tragedy


The following emails are from my contacts with our Prader-Willi syndrome members in Japan after the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown concerns.  We have to admire their resilience and strong sense of community in helping others. 

Janalee Heinemann, MSW

Director of Research & Medical Affairs , PWSA (USA)

Vice President, IPWSO


Dear Janalee,

I am sorry that I did not reply to your kind mail. Please be assured, I am completely safe now. this disaster struck east-norther area from Tokyo  In Tokyo is far from disaster area, however houses waved like on board in a storm, but there is a little damage. I asked people who are my acquaintance but phone and email are dead at the first day, but fortunately soon after earthquake I could send a cell phone mail to Mikiko Sato, a member of PWSA Japan who attended international conferences. She replied she and her family are safe. Other members were impossible to get in touch with, because phone are completely dead. We are worried about them.

Now we are feeling repetitive aftershock of the earthquake. Hope forrowing earthquakes do not strike.  Thank you very much for your consideration.  And we thank you very much for rescue corps of U.S.A.

Best regards
Tomoko Hasegawa, M.D.  (our international/IPWSO delegate)

Dear Janalee,

 Thank you very much for your concern. I still cannot make contact with one PWS family living near the heavily damaged area; I'm so worried about them.

I hear there are still many small aftershocks even in Tokyo. Japanese people now fear for the leakage of radioactive substances from a nuclear power plant.

May I ask you a favor? I know our friends around the world are worried about the Japanese members, so, could you tell the IPWSO members all over the world that  I'm all right and one family is still missing, and that their prayers are needed, if it's not a burden to you?


I think Japan will suffer from serious economic and emotional depression at least for the next few months, but Japanese people really appreciate and are encouraged by lots of every kind of support from abroad.   Thank you very much for sending your thoughts and prayers for us.

 Kindest regards,

 Eiko Shoji, Vice-president, PWSA Japan


Dear Janalee

Iím safe and just confirmed the safety of Dr. Tomoko Hasegawa.  Now I am getting on to my relatives and friends who live in the quake area.  I am concerned of the star of the pacific plate.  I pray sincerely for the souls of victims of my country.

Thank you for your heartwarming mail. We members of PWSA Japan , all Japanese will join hands and work together !. Thank you for your encouragement.

Sincerely yours

 Yoshiro Kato



Edited: 02/09/2012

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