|Acton's Japanese Community 'In Shock' After Devastating Events|
As the cleanup begins, children from Acton's Japanese School say don't give up
Friday's earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan has left Acton's Japanese community 'in shock'. One child from the school's kindgergarten class was caught up in the disaster, but thankfully is alive and well, according to his teacher.
Yukimo Asato, who teaches the class of five and six year olds, said the little boy, Kotako Ito, 6, went to Japan with his family on March 4th to visit his grandparents and was due to come back at the beginning of April. He and his family lost everything, including their passports. "Yesterday we had the email from his mother and they are alright. But we don't know when he (Kotako) can come back to London,' Ms. Asato said.
'We want to send message to them to stay strong, cheer up,' Ms. Asato said.
"Everyone at our school is deeply saddened by the disaster in Japan." Tomomura said.
"Ealing has one of London's largest Japanese communities and I know that many people are very concerned and waiting with apprehension for further news. On behalf of the council I would like to express our deep sadness and condolences for everyone who has been affected and send our sympathy to the Japanese people."
14 March 2011