Friday, March 11, 2011

Labo International Exchange Foundation: I Pray All I Well After Earthquake

Back in the early 90's I worked for a company in Japan called Labo International Exchange Foundation. This earthquake and tsunami hit some of the places where I lived. I would like to know if everything is OK. And if there is anything I can do. My prayers are with everyone in Japan.
I haven't been able to get through to Japan. I am sending emails.


  1. Chris, The CP family joins in prayers for Japan.

  2. Our prayers, too, are with the people of Japan.

  3. Liquefaction is happening at the Tokyo Disneyland parking lot many school, university and government buildings are open for people who cannot go home in Tokyo.
    I walked home with a mass of humanity. This is a city of 18million in tight quarters. You can imagine how many people were walking on the streets, considering no one wanted to be inside buildings, and the ins were not running.traTall buildings were swaying like palm trees – their window dressings smacking the windows and lights swaying wildly.
    There is a building under construction across from mine with cranes on the roof. The cranes were clanking against each other and making an awful sound. It seemed they would fall any minute.

    Kamisama(god) help us. Thank you all for your prayers. We will need them.

  4. Thank you Kazumi. You have told me more then the email I just got.

    Hello Chris,

    I have not received an update from the Tokyo office yet, but I am assuming that no news is good news. I am doing my best to get in touch with Yusuke, the manager in Tokyo, to make sure that everyone in Labo is OK, but since it's currently 2:00am Saturday morning their time it may be a while before I'm able to connect with him. I will definitely keep you posted.

    Ariel S.
    Exchange Coordinator
    Labo International Exchange Foundation, Sacramento

  5. My prayers for your friends Chris, and to all of Japan as well as Californians, Oregonians and all others affected by this tragedy.

  6. Thank you all so much. I just got this email.

    Hello Chris,

    I've heard back from our Tokyo staff, and they've confirmed that all of our staff and interns are safe and accounted for, plus as far as we know there have been no casualties among our Labo tutors or families in the affected areas. It will take a few days to touch bases with everyone. If you would like an update on any particular Labo family in Northern Japan please let me know their names and I will get back to you as soon as we've accounted for everyone.


Please keep it clean and nice. Thank you for taking the time to post you thought. It means a lot to me that you do this.