USM student waits for news from Japan

By Colleen Donovan - bio | email

HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - A Japanese student taking classes at Southern Miss is desperately trying to find out news about one of her friends that has been missing since last week's deadly earthquake and tsunami.

Chihiro Torii, is an English as a Second Language student at USM and she is from Southern Tokyo. She said her parents in Japan are safe following the earthquake and have been going to work.

However, one of Torii's friends from an area in Japan wiped out by the tsunami has yet to be located. Torii said the uncertainty has kept her up at night with worry and she is currently seeking any news about her friend on the Internet.

"I mean I feel terrible and then two days ago a couple of my friends went there to find her, and then her house was washed away. I'm feeling terrible and I couldn't sleep for two days," said Torii.

Torii said her friend is a young woman who is also a college student. As for the nuclear crisis in Japan, Torii said her parents in Tokyo believe they are far enough away from the epicenter of the disaster to be affected.

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