30 May '17, 1pm

After Japan quake, fund makes local kids’ college hopes real https://t.co/uw1lg6oD8B

After Japan quake, fund makes local kids’ college hopes real https://t.co/uw1lg6oD8B

By Stacey Umezawa / Starbucks Newsroom Hiroki Endo was playing baseball at his high school when his world turned upside down. It was the afternoon of March 11, 2011, and a 9.0 earthquake and a massive tsunami were striking the coastal region of northern Japan, where he lived with his father and grandparents. He felt the ground start to shake and ran to the center of the field where nothing could fall on him. By the time it stopped and the tsunami receded, more than 18,000 people had been killed or were missing. One of them was his father, whose body was never found. It was the day where one life ended for Endo – but he also found the stirrings of his life’s purpose. Now a college student, Endo vividly recalls what he saw after the quake when he made his way home: smashed buildings, mud and debris covering the town, power lines fallen. “I felt like I had come back to a diff...

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