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Queen's grad and family survive Sendai quake and tsunami

Queen's education grad James Steward, Ed'88, and his family are among the survivors of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that ravaged the Japanese city of Sendai.

James Steward, a native of North Bay, had been working as the Headmaster of the Tohoko International School in Sendai. The school, which has about 100 students in grades K-12, is located on the northern section of Japan’s main island of Honshu

James Steward (Tohoko School photo)James Steward, Ed'88

Steward, his wife Alana, and their three children, 3, 12, 14 left Sendai temporarily in the days immediately following the disaster, but they are now making arrangments to return to home. Fortunately, their house is on high ground about 10 km from the sea and so it was not destroyed by the tsunami. However, like most of the surviving buildings in Sendai, the house was heavily damaged by the earthquake and now there are no utilities.

Steward was recently interviewed by a reporter from CNN, the American cable news network. You can read the on-line version of that interview by visiting: http://inthearena.blogs.cnn.com/2011/03/17/steward-japanese-people-will-rise-up-from-this-and-be-a-hundred-times-stronger-because-of-it/

Please see the Spring issue of the Review for an article about the experiences of James and his family in the March 11 earthquake that devastated Japan.   

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