A mere 51 weeks (to the day) after my arrival in Honolulu and we've finally gotten word of my wife's interview date at the US Embassy in Tokyo. May 13th is the magical day.
I say "mere" both honestly and sarcastically: I'm sure many have had this process take much longer (though the NVC processing mail from the US to Japan through France is probably not an expedience for anyone—what was that about?!). But being apart from my wife and daughter for a year now, with another month to go, has been, not surprisingly, very, very difficult.
Anyway, expensive and time-consuming redundancies and poor customer service aside, the process is nearly complete and I can't really express how happy that makes me.