Spring 2018 Update from Japan

Greetings once again from Japan, where Spring has started to bloom after a record breaking cold winter. I had hoped to send out an update in early February, but something occurred that I thought I should include but wasn’t sure how to write about it. One of my good friends and a former roommate in Nashville, Zac, took his own life on Feb 7th. Japan has one of the highest suicide rates in the world, so I knew I should be prepared for the possibility that I might encounter such a thing here, but never did I expect to get the news about a friend who was one of the most encouraging and upbeat people I knew. It's a sober reminder that no matter how joyful someone seems on the outside, we shouldn’

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