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Readers' words of encouragement to areas hit by torrential rain in Japan

Residences swallowed by flooding due to torrential rains are seen from a Mainichi Shimbun helicopter, in Mihara, Hiroshima Prefecture, on July 9, 2018. (Mainichi)

The following are messages of encouragement submitted by readers of The Mainichi to areas of western Japan hit by recent torrential rains, which have left more than 170 people dead. (See below for information on how to submit a message.)


Hello. I am Scarlet Marie. I am an ALT living in Sanjo, Niigata. I am very much heartbroken to see that you are all experiencing this terrible situation right now. In my country, the Philippines, many places experience the same situation each year because of the typhoon season. I cannot imagine the grief that you must feel right now but please know that everyone knows the situation and you are not forgotten. I pray that you will have more strength to go on with your lives. It will be very hard but I know you will be able to get back up and restart your lives again. Keep strong and know that you are not alone in this situation.

(Scarlet Marie, Niigata, Japan)


My thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been affected by this devastation. Is there any way I can donate to aid these poor people? I have been looking for an organization that does this and am not sure where is best. Please let me know what is the best way for someone from the United States to help in this situation. I want to do all I can. Thank you so much.

(Cheri Del Sardo)


There are many wishing that you will find hope again. Have hope that life will soon return to normal after you have weathered every storm. The sun will come back. Be patient as there is light again when you reach the end of a tunnel.

Stay strong and stay hopeful. Make the most of opportunities to start again

(Chan Sow Ping)


I was deeply heartbroken to hear about the torrential rain that caused severe flooding and landslides across western Japan yesterday, 8th of July.

This is another very difficult time for the Hiroshima Prefecture people facing this natural disaster and I would like to share my heartfelt feelings with them.

I had a very bad experience with torrential rain when I was living in Sri Lanka, so I feel I can imagine the suffering and hardship that your people are also experiencing.

Please give my sincere condolences, and those of my CSNA MEDIA team, to your people who are suffering. I wish them hope, confidence and strength to face the challenges that lie ahead. They will have the support of many, many volunteers and organisations.

I have a good diplomatic relationship with your country as a student in your language, sports and cultural areas, and as a photojournalist from 1986 when I was in Sri Lanka.

I pray for your people in my heart.

Thank you.

(Ashoka Thahanappu)


For all who have lost loved ones or been forced out of their homes, I offer my condolences.



People of Japan,

God will help you out and comfort your soul.

Jesus and Mary will heal all the pain and sadness. Pray and have faith.

In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.


(Paulo Cassar)


I was heartbroken and deeply saddened by the news of flooding and fatalities caused by the torrential rains in West Japan. It must be very tough for the affected people from these regions and no words are enough to console them. I pray to the almighty for providing strength to the people to overcome their grief and pass through this tough situation.

During my two-year stay in Japan till May 2018, I had visited few beautiful cities of Hiroshima and Okayama prefectures. But the pictures from the recent flood sites were overwhelming. I extend my condolences to all the affected people of the region.

(Joydip Sinha, Kolkata, India)


You are not alone in this difficult situation; we hope for you and stand by your side.

(Stefan Axt, Hallenberg, Germany)


With much grief and sadness I send my heartfelt condolences for the families and friends of the departed ones. Please, accept my prayers that this tremendous hardship will diminish at the end on each day.

I am a Brazilian sansei who emigrated to the USA 40 years ago. I consider myself 100% Japanese, the Japanese language being my mother tongue.

With much peace and love,

(Emilia Mabuchi Gazoni)


I express my deepest condolences to all those who have lost loved ones. Japan is a strong and resilient country. I am sure the Japanese people will overcome this disaster, and rebuild their homes.

(Espen Kvalen, Norway)


Hello people from Japan, I am Ruben from Switzerland and I want to send you my condolences for the disaster you had there. I hope that you all can get a home and such a disaster never happens again.

(Ruben, Switzerland)


All affected by the excessive rain and resultant floods are in our thoughts and prayers.

(Matthew Dunnigan, Italy)


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* Western Japan Torrential Rain

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