Dad's Daughter In Japan On Way Home
A Dad from Norwich whose daughter has been on a University year abroad in Tokyo has been telling Heart she is now on a flight to come back home.
Richard Self's 23-year-old daughter Emma is at the University of Lancashire studying Japanese but has been in Tokyo for the last six months as part of a year abroad.
She wasn't actually in Tokyo when the earthquake and tsunami hit last Friday, as she was on a trip to Hiroshima, but since then she has been struggling to get back to all her belongings in Tokyo.
The University decided on Wednesday to put the students who were out in Japan on flights home. Tonight, the government is also starting special flights back to the UK for British people stuck out there.
Radiation is still leaking from a nuclear power station which was damaged in the disaster.
Emma Self is now on a 10 hour stop over in Hong Kong, and will return home tomorrow.
Her Dad Richard told Heart even though she wasn't near where the quake hit, it has still been a worry:
"With the quake, we weren't too concerned because she was that distance away from Tokyo, but with the nuclear power station that's really been the worry. Once we heard what was happening then everything's been geared just to getting her home and seeing her again. The wife is just a completely different person today - she's so happy that she's on her way home."
He also told us Emma is ready to come back, "Once they got a notification from the University that they were going to have to fly home they had to get to Tokyo to collect all their bits and pieces they'd left there. They finished up having to get the bullet train which cost them about £200 each return. We spoke to her on the computer on Wednesday - she was crying. She's had enough now, she wants to come home."