Reader Aaron, who until recently was in Japan and working at the bakery that was featured in this post a few months back, has this to say about the situation there:
I emailed the bakery and some other friends over there, they are all safe and sound. Anpans (red bean) are being made by the dozen with propane ovens and distributed around town! Many are without electricity, transport and normal food/water supplies. Thank goodness for building codes and modern emergency response. It could have been much worse.
In the midst of disaster, the baking goes on. Oasis Bakery, we salute you!