Archive for February 2012
Tokyo – February 9, 2012
Mr. Matsumura had a car accident with his white Suzuki pick up truck about two weeks ago. He is too Japanese and shy to have mentioned it earlier. A source informed me. I called to confirm:
It was at night (complete darkness), inside the red zone, “about two weeks ago”, Matsumura was not driving fast, however he bumped into a cow on the road. The cost for the car reparation amounted 230’000 Yen（２３万円）($3000). The cow was fine.
So, I asked him if he was in financial difficulties, he said yes is a small voice. I said donors can help him with the train fee for Shinkansen Tomioka-Tokyo, Tokyo-Tomioka, on the day of the conference. He answered: “No, it is okay, it will be too complicated” (いいよ、面倒だから）
I thought it is a typical Japanese answer that truly means “Yes, it would help me”, but he says the exact contrary. So I said “donors can help him with the train”.
Nathalie and Kyoko