Judy Mintze, who contacted us in search of her long lost mother, is on cloud nine.

"I'm so pleased to inform you that I was reunited with my mother for the first time in over 40 years in early April at the Medical Corp. Okeikai Inuyama Hospital, Inuyama City (in Aichi Prefecture)," she writes.

Judy had to take a flight from Okinawa — where she lived with her mother until they were separated when Judy was 5 years old — to Nagoya Airport, then a train to Inuyama City and a taxi to the hospital. It was a long journey, and she was very nervous. But tears quickly turned to smiles.