Two Heartland women worry about family in Japan

By Christy Millweard - bio | email

PERRYVILLE, MO (KFVS) - The Earthquake and devastation hit Japan, that doesn't mean the effects didn't ripple into the Heartland.

"Yeah I'm very concerned," said Reiko Matsumoto.

Matsumoto left behind her parents and brother in Japan when she transferred to TG Missouri Corporation in Perryville.

While Matsumoto's co-workers are filing papers, answering phone calls, and entering data into spreadsheets in the Perryville office, she is worried about her family in Japan.

"I only take a look at the pictures from the Internet and the TV and it was disaster, I was very sad to hear this news," said Matsumoto.

She still hasn't talked to her parents or brother, but says she doesn't think they were in the thick of the devastation, so thinks they are safe.

Matsumoto just moved to the area in January, but remembers vividly the earthquakes from when she was little.

"All the roads were like....difference," said Matsumoto as she demonstrates the different levels of the roads.

But she says she's heard this quake is even more damaging.

"It is 160 times bigger this time, so it must be very huge," said Matsumoto.

Yukina Takahashi also has parents and a brother in Japan, but she has talked to them. In fact, she was on the phone with her mom when the quake hit.

"Scared, scream, I've never seen her like that," said Takahashi.

And Takahashi says she's had the opportunity. Just like Matsumoto, she says she's seen her share of Earthquakes, and so has her mom.

"Many Japanese people have experienced small earthquakes, so usually many people don't get freaked out, but she did last night, so it was such an unusual experience for her," said Takahashi.

Takahashi says her mom has talked to her brother, so she knows he's fine...sort of.

"My younger brother in Tokyo is stuck in downtown Tokyo because public transportation is down," said Takahashi.

And that's not the only thing that's down.

"I just want to make sure he is doing fine, but phone lines are down," said Takahashi.

So for the time being, Takahashi will just have to hear the news from her mom.

Matsumoto hopes to get ahold of her family soon, but doesn't necessarily plan to visit.

"No I think it's a disaster, so I might stay here," said Matsumoto.

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