by Takahide Kitagawa Published: May 09, 2021
We interviewed Valerie Vasiliev, who has been supporting Vladimir as his wife and
business partner. How did they come to know each other and have grown Toronto
Systema HQ together?
Place of interview: Tokyo, Japan
Interviewer: Takahide Kitagawa (Systema Tokyo)
Interpreter: Ryo Onishi (Systema Osaka)
Taka: When was Toronto HQ founded?
Valerie: November 1st, 1993.
Taka: That means twenty-eight years ago.
Valerie: That's right. Before that, Vladimir taught a small group at a community center and at our home. […]
by Takahide Kitagawa Published: July 26, 2011
A massive earthquake hit Japan on March 11th. The magnitude-9.0 quake shook the Japanese archipelago for more than three minutes.But, what was worse than the huge earthquake itself was the subsequent tsunami.A large number of people in the coastal areas of northeastern Japan were eitherkilled or went missing due to the colossal waves.
I was in Tokyo at that time. The tsunami did not hitthe metropolitan area, but the quake rocked the city of 13 million people withan intensity I have never experienced in my life. […]