Friday April 1 – All News Is Local

All news is local and it stays news for local people long after the news people have moved on. Read more »

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March 31 – A Family Visit for One is Celebrated by All

March 31 – A Family Visit for One is Celebrated by All

After three weeks, a 17-year-old girl gets to see her family and we are all so happy for her. Read more »

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Wednesday, March 30 – In a post-3/11 world, friends are family.

At some point, you have to draw the line on waiting in line. Luckily, you don’t have to wait in line for friends. Read more »

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The Day The Quake Struck

The Day The Quake Struck

Nearly 3 weeks after the quake, for the first time, Yasue describes the moment it hit and the harrowing hours that followed. Read more »

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March 29 – A Few Things are Almost Like They Were Before 3/11

Like September 11, the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku are now referred to in numbers: 3/11. Read more »

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Tuesday, March 29 – A Tale of Two Pictures

Tuesday, March 29 – A Tale of Two Pictures

Are things getting better or worse in Sendai? Read more »

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Fundraiser for Tohoku University Hospital

Fundraiser for Tohoku University Hospital

Hawaii companies join efforts in raising money that will go immediately and directly to Sendai. Read more »

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Tuesday, March 29 - The Public Bath

Tuesday, March 29 - The Public Bath

For many, a hot bath is luxury worth waiting for. Read more »

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Monday, March 28 – After the aftershock

The new week starts off with a nerve-wracking nemesis as northern Japan is jolted awake by a strong aftershock. Read more »

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Sunday, March 27- Oh What A Relief It Is, Part 2

Although the urgency has waned, the supplies Yasue receives are a welcome relief. Read more »

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About This BLOG

Scott and Yasue Schumaker moved from Japan to Hawaii in 1995. They and their son Ian, 14, live in Kapolei. In mid-January, Yasue unexpectedly returned to her childhood home in Sendai, Japan to care for her ailing mother. She was in Sendai when the devastating 9.0 earthquake struck. In this blog, Scott will share how all 3 family members are coping with the separation amid the chaos and misery of post-quake life in northern Japan. All times in this blog are HST.

Editor's Note:
Scott Schumaker, president of our parent company, PacificBasin Communications, has a unique take on the events unfolding in Japan. His wife, Yasue, is a concierge at the JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa. Yasue was in Sendai when the earthquake and tsunami hit and was one of the first people interviewed by CNN. She remains there, looking after her ailing mother and coping with the devastation. In this online column, Schumaker chronicles the experience of one family, both separated and united by disaster.

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