I am Charlie’s father. I would like to thank you for following my son’s progress in this difficult time, and supporting him and his friends. I received a message from him saying that his phone battery is low, and he is currently without a charger. He is hoping to lay his hands on one soon, but in the meantime, he asked me to write a message here to avoid confusion and undue concern about his safety.
It’s actually good to see if this works and if he can see it because it does not seem like our messages to Japan are getting through. We are able to see messages from Charles and this blog, but for the last few days we have not been able to contact him. Charlie, when you read this I just want you to know that we are getting your messages, even if ours are not getting to you.
Naturally, we have been very worried here in New Zealand. Of course, we have been in regular contact with the Japanese consulate in the hope of providing help or support to Charles. However, it would seem that they have limited power and are being provided with minimal information themselves. Our love and prayers go out to Charles, Alex and those afflicted by the problems in Japan. It goes without saying that this is worse than any parent’s worst nightmare. Given the relative safety of Japan, we felt comfortable with him pursuing his dream of living and working in Japan, but will be thinking twice about next time.
For the people reading this, we know that they left the campsite and are making their way towards the car that Charles’ friend Alex left on the edge of the forest. It only has two seats, so I suppose some of them will have to ride in the back. Charles said that he will try to find a car that has a cellphone charger as soon as he can, and then they will be able to charge all of their externals batteries as well, so the lack of contact should not be prolonged.
Although email and social media seem difficult to use to get in contact with Japan at the moment, do keep trying because we do not know how long it will last. If you do find any other loopholes for getting messages there, such as this one, please share it around and contact Charles and co.
Thank you very much for the love and support you show our son. We know that he appreciates it deeply and that it help to give him the power he needs to carry on. We will continue to do what we can to get him out of there, and if we can get more information from the consulate or make progress elsewhere, I will take the liberty of posting here myself.
P.S The above photo is from his last time Alex went hiking there six months ago, but I have added because I know he likes to include a picture at the top.