Tohoku International School in Sendai along with other International Schools belonging to JCIS (the Japan Council of International Schools) are planning to reopen after their Spring breaks which are already in progress at most of the schools. In Tokyo, most will re-open from March 28.

Below are excerpts of an interview posted on the CNN blogsite “In the Arena ” with James Steward, Headmaster of the Tohoko International School in Sendai. The school is located on the northern section of Japan’s main island of Honshu, and has 100 students in grades K – 12. The school will be back by March 28–the day after spring break.

Excerpt from his interview with CNN producer Jay Kernis “Steward: Japanese people will rise up from this and be a hundred times stronger because of it” posted on the CNN blog:

“Mostly, we have to clean up the inside—lots of books and shelves are strewn everywhere–and also repairing the glass. It’s a very solid building.

Yes, we did a good job of getting out the building, but credit must go to the students and the staff and the parents–who all came together to make sure that everyone was safe. That’s the most important thing.

Secondly, Sendai in Japan is an absolutely fabulous city.  There’s a spirit in Sendai and northern Japan that cannot be and will not be broken. So no matter how devastating the earthquake was, people rallied together and I have seen no signals of people acting randomly or chaotically in Sendai.

In fact, everything I have seen was extremely orderly, and that just shows the true character of Sendai, Tohoku, and Japan as a country. They will rise up from this and be a hundred times stronger because of it.”

Steward: Japanese people will rise up from this and be a hundred times stronger because of it

Editor’s note: International schools as well as local Japanese schools with English-speaking students, please contact me if you have any messages from your school that you would like to share with our readers and with the international community at large at heritageofjapan@gmail.com