Certainly is a tragedy.
I have family over there, a set of grandparents, an aunt, and 2 cousins close to my age.
I haven't seen them since I was in the 1st grade. My siblings and I had flown over with my mother for a visit during February/March way back when. I can't speak a lick of Japanese (its a life goal to be fluent, but we will see...).
My family came through this "event" ok. I'm so very grateful for their wellbeing and safety.
I guess I look at all this and just feel really detached, and kind of sad that I'm not closer to them. I don't see how I could have built a closer relationship since I can't communicate with them at all, but the regret is there all the same.