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When you have a wine question at a restaurant, you might ask for the sommelier. The best of the best are Master Sommeliers. Well, Japan has experts for its own national alcohol drink, sake. And there’s only one certified Expert and Master of Sake Tasting in the world who’s not from Japan. He’s John Gauntner.

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One year ago Dallas’ Friendship City of Sendai, Japan, was counting the hundreds who were dead or missing. A ferocious earthquake and tsunami had demolished neighborhoods and swept away lives.

KERA broadcast letters from the people of Sendai as they struggled to recover. Today they’ve sent messages of thanks to North Texas through the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth. Tami Ishii joins KERA’s Shelley Kofler for this report.

A year ago Sunday the world shuddered as an earthquake and tsunami destroyed villages and lives in Japan. In the aftermath some 100,000 children were uprooted from their homes, some orphaned and traumatized.

KERA told you about the Japanese who came to Texas to learn how grief counseling might be used to help the children. Shelley Kofler has an update on how that trip is about to pay off.