Japanese-Americans Watch as Tsunami Destroys Japan Coast

By: Michael Oder Email
By: Michael Oder Email

The world's attention is focused on Japan Friday. Shocking video of the earthquake and tsunami devastation is making its way around the world.

With little or no telephone service, Japanese living here in the United States are having a hard time getting in touch with family members.

A Bryan Ink company has strong ties back to Japan. Toyo Ink is head-quartered in Tokyo, but has a production plant in north Bryan.

Many of its employees were born and raised in Japan and moved to Texas when the plant opened. Over the last 24 hours they have been trying to reach family members back in Japan.

"That time when I talked to my mom she couldn't get a hold of my brother yet, so she was really concerned about him," says Risako Stos, an employee at Toyo.

"There are times we just worry about sometimes we cannot contact them because current cellphone service is too busy," says Nao Nakamura, another employee at the plant.

All of the employees at the Bryan facility have been able to reach their families. They say they're shaken up but safe.

Toyo Ink says no one was injured or killed at any of their plants or headquarters in Japan.

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