This report is from Motoyuki Nomura. He is a pastor in the mountains of Japan nearish to Tokyo. He was a mentor to me over a decade ago as I ministered in Japan. This is his report:
March 14, 2011, Japan, Monday morning 08:15 a.m.
Japan is divided as to the electric power system is concerned. When the first generator brought to western part of Japan was from US with 60 cycle whereas the first one to eastern part, including Tokyo area, was from Germany with 50 cycle system. Thus two systems since then.
This time many 50 cycled power plants and their facilities in eastern part of Japan are heavily damaged. Those electric power suppliers in eastern Japan now try to ask their competing 60 cycle suppliers in western part of Japan face with a big headache due to the currency / frequency differences between 50 cycle and 60 cycle systems. (As an electronics sailor, I can vouch for the headache this would cause)
Starting today, at least till the end of April, eastern Japan electric power companies start rationing power supply to eastern Japan users, at least three hours a day without power supply.
People living within Tokyo metropolitan area will suffer greatly as most train systems decided not to run trains or else very much limited service to the citizens.
It has been reported that at least 20,000 people in the tsunami assailed area along the Pacific coast line in northeastern Japan are missing, while they found close to 2,000 dead bodies when the tsunami tidal waves gradually withdrew from the sea coast. Number will most likely increase as communication improves.
No water supply, no electric supply, no telephone / cell phone service, no food, no gasoline, no public roads, no trains running.. people are still desperately helping each other in spite of their hardship beyond our imagination.
I am amazed at them and praise them for their relatively calm and rational or constructive attitude to overcome their current difficulties.
As to our churches and their members, ministers, and a couple American missionaries, heavily concentrated along the Pacific coast line, we have heard no information as of now, a matter of prayer. Lack of power supply in their regions is a big problem, it seems to me...no telephone, no cell phone, no computering... wait and see..
My son in Mito city has just reported me that gas filling station limits gasoline supply to 10 liters (2 and a half gallon) to every car that comes to the station. The filling stations do not know if they can get further supply from refinery, and again I am amazed at drivers' rational and calm attitude toward the situation.
Well, I need now to go to my own hospital for a regular shot for my worsening
hobnailed livers before she closes its door due to power ration this afternoon.
Be still and know that I am thy God.. says the Word.
Pastor Nomura, if you can read this, know that we are praying for you specifically, and your church, and the people of Japan.
May the LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace. Numbers 6:24
Steve, I passed your message along. I'll let you know if I receive any response!
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