What a day we live in! I am writing this week's column from Los Angeles, where The Japan Helpline began in 1975 and where we have our U.S. offices. As usual, we had an emergency here!

These days, though, with the Internet and satellite TV, life is becoming seamless. Three Japanese TV networks -- it's like being at home.

Thank you so much for all the messages -- It is so nice to hear from so many people not only in Japan but throughout the world. Keep 'em coming and the ideas, suggestions and contacts -- as usual the best advice comes from our readers -- we are just here to pass it on.