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Japanese foreign exchange student in Perham hears that family is safe

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When news of an 8.9-magnitude earthquake hitting northern Japan on March 11 broke Western media, one Japanese teenager in Perham was anxiously trying to contact his family in Tokyo.

Shogo Suzuki, 17, an exchange student studying in Perham, said he tried calling his family more than 10 times that morning before he heard his father's voice and relief swept over him.

"I was so worried," he said. "Then they finally answered and said they were okay."

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