The state of emergency was lifted for most prefectures around Japan this week and cautious steps towards the resumption of normal activities are being taken. Although Japan never went into a formal lockdown like other countries in the world, people have been encouraged to stay home and practice social distancing. While we all want to avoid a second and third wave of Covid19 infections, long term lockdowns are not a state in which most people can thrive. Ideally, we all need to be in a space that allows us to live a comfortable life and fulfill our potential. This week’s article highlights the choice a family made to move to an environment where their son could have a better chance to do just that. In the Why Did You Leave Japan section of The Japan Times, Louise George Kittaka writes about Satoshi Eric Asato, son of AFWJ member Sheila Asato, and how his family helped him find a place where he can thrive. Click on the title to read the article:
Finding new beginnings in the United States
Whether you live in one of the prefectures where the state of emergency has been lifted or not, we hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well. Check back here next week for the final installment of our AFWJ Articles series, featuring another one of our members and her child.