Members of the Japanese media have arrived in Augusta to cover the Masters. (April 1, 2011 / WRDW-TV)
News 12 at 6 o'clock / Friday, April 1, 2011
AUGUSTA---The Masters are right around the corner, and members of the international media are already arriving to cover it. Keigo Amemiya came all the way from Tokyo to be here. He's a sports reporter for Sankei Sports News. He left behind a country now in shambles.
Although Amemiya was stateside when the 8.9 magnitude earthquake struck, his family was home in Tokyo. When he learned of the disaster, he called and called--but no response. Finally, his father picked up on the other end. His family was fine, but many of his countrymen are not.
Officials fear that nearly 25,000 people may have died in the quake and the ensuing tsunami. Now, radiation is leaking from the destroyed Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor.
Hiroaki Inagaki is also a reporter from Japan and fears that water his son is drinking back in Tokyo may be contaminated with nuclear radiation. Nevertheless, he's making the best of a bad situation.
"Hello, America!" he joked, waving to the News 12 camera.
He has an interview with Ryo Ishikawa tonight. He's a 19-year-old golfing sensation from Japan who says he'll donate his winnings to his crippled country.
Amemiya says that even though he hasn't seen his family and friends in almost a month, he's happy he can share the events here with the Japanese people back home.
He told News 12 that he hopes the Japanese golfers play well to encourage the masses of people back in Japan.