Japanese Student In CA Finds Her Family Alive On YouTube

These days it has been difficult to watch the news, with so many stories filled with pain and tragedy. But here's one story that shines a little light of hope amidst the catastrophe. Akiko Kosaka, in CA, discovered that her family in Japan was alive thanks to a YouTube clip.

These days it has been difficult to watch the news, with so many stories filled with pain and tragedy. But here’s one story that shines a little light of hope amidst the catastrophe. Akiko Kosaka, a Japanese student attending the University of California at Riverside, discovered that her family in Japan was alive thanks to a YouTube clip. Read on to find out more, and watch the CNN report below.

Michael Martinez of CNN writes, “Akiko Kosaka had lost all hope for her family in Minami Sanriku, the fishing village where more than half of the 17,000 residents are missing and feared dead in the aftermath of last week’s tsunami.” She spent three days scouring the Internet for information. She got one email that said that her sister was probably safe in the shelter at her school, but she found nothing definite. She told CNN, “I didn’t think they survived. I cried for three days – Friday, Saturday, Sunday.” But then on Sunday night the unimaginable happened – Akiko received word from a friend of a YouTube video that showed her house, still standing alone in the rubble, with her older sister holding up a sign for the TV news crews that read in Japanese, “We are all safe.”

The original clip has been taken down from YouTube, due to a copyright claim by “An Angry God” (trolls?), but you can see the video, along with Akiko’s interview, in the CNN report below.

Akiko still has yet to make direct contact with her family, but she was able to record a message for them through the CNN news crew. She said, in Japanese, “I saw your video and thank you very much for being alive, and thank you very much for being worried about me when you are in a tough situation. How are our grandparents? How are our parents? I look forward to seeing you guys again.” I hope the message will make it to Akiko’s family safe and sound.

This story really is so uplifting and powerful. Its so amazing that Akiko’s family was able to send a message to her, via YouTube, and that that message was able to reach her in such a short time. I wish their whole family well and hope to hear more uplifting stories like this one, amidst all of the tragedy.

What do you think of Akiko’s story? Have you heard any other stories like this over the past few days? Please share them with us in the comments.