Posts Tagged ‘Earthquake in Japan’

Important Announcement Regarding the Kyoto Center for Japanese Studies

March 19th, 2011

March 19th, 2011, 12:00 pm.

To all Kyoto Center for Japanese Studies students and parents,

Boston University concurs with the decision of KCJS to suspend the remainder of the semester. Please understand that this decision was not taken lightly but only after careful deliberation and communication between KCJS, BU, and the other universities making up the KCJS consortium. We believe this action to be prudent and in the best interest of our students.

We also appreciate the difficulty of the situation you find yourselves in and will offer whatever support we can to help you return to the United States and finish the KCJS semester remotely. If you need additional help with travel or other logistical matters beyond what the KCJS staff can provide, please contact Debbie Miller, for assistance.

In order to complete your KCJS courses and receive full credit for the semester, please follow the instructions that KCJS has given you. If you need further academic assistance, or have questions about BU credits or other academic matters, contact Debra Terzian, For emergencies, please call Joseph Finkhouse at the International Programs Emergency number, 617-594-3215.

Below please find the official statement from KCJS.

We express our deepest sympathy for the people of Japan and join the global community in supporting their efforts for a successful recovery from this disaster.

Urbain (Ben) DeWinter, PhD
Associate Provost
International Programs
888 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston University
Boston, MA 02215
(T) +(617) 353-7113
(F) +(617) 358-0381

Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies
Plan for the Last 4 Weeks of KCJS Spring 2011

In light of the recent developments in northeastern Japan, and the increasing uncertainty of what lies ahead in the coming weeks, KCJS is suspending the on-site program in Kyoto including classroom instruction, housing arrangements and all extracurricular activities for the remainder of the spring semester. KCJS has arranged for students to continue and complete their course work remotely. We realize that this decision will disrupt your personal and academic lives, but with the cooperation of everyone involved, we hope that together we can meet the upcoming challenges. Please find more details below.


  • All students should depart Japan immediately.
  • If you already have a flight reservation to return to the U.S., please contact the airlines to change your reservation. If you require any assistance, please contact the KCJS office in Kyoto or your study abroad office on your home campus.
  • Some airlines are providing fee waivers for changes to reservations. If there is a charge to change the departure date, KCJS will reimburse you.
  • KCJS can not take responsibility for students who choose to remain in Japan.

Academic Program

  • All students will have the opportunity to gain academic credit upon completion of remaining coursework as explained below.
  • All classes will have final meetings at the scheduled class hours on March 22 and 23 (Monday, March 21 is a national holiday in Japan) to work out the procedures for completing course requirements. Professor Hikino’s Friday class will meet on Wednesday, March 23, at 1:15 pm. Students who have already left Kyoto will be informed of all course requirements by their course instructors by March 25. All required coursework must be completed and submitted by May 2. Academic credit will be contingent upon completion of all course requirements and the policies of each home institution. Students must immediately contact their study abroad office regarding policies for the granting of academic credit.
  • Language Class requirements: In principle, the procedures will be the same as above.
  • Professor Smith will be in contact with students taking independent studies about requirements.
  • Students will no longer have foreign student status at Doshisha University and must return their ID cards to the KCJS office by March 26.

Tuition & Fees

  • Reimbursements will be made for the unused portion of the spring semester program fee, which covers costs of housing, meals, and cultural activities.
  • Students may not remain in KCJS-sponsored housing after March 26.

Important Announcement Regarding Keio University

March 17th, 2011

March 17th, 2011, 9:02pm.

To students enrolled at Keio University for Spring 2011 and their parents:

Based on the current situation in northern Japan and the Tokyo area (i.e., the gravity and unpredictability of the deteriorating situation stemming from the recent earthquake and tsunami, the level of and increased risk to the health of the students, and the growing challenges of arranging travel), we recommend that students do not travel to Japan to begin the semester at Keio University, or that they return to the U.S. if they are already there. Please note that this recommendation is also consistent with the Travel Warning that the United States Department of State issued strongly urging U.S. citizens to defer travel to or depart from Japan at this time. (Please see We regret circumstances leading to this recommendation, but believe that it is in the best interests of the students and the most prudent course of action. Moreover, Keio University has postponed the start of the Spring Semester until April, but may postpone it again or cancel it completely.

If you decide to return to the U.S. and thus not participate in the Keio semester, Boston University will refund the tuition you paid for the program. We also will work with Keio University to attempt to recover for you, if possible, any other fees you may have paid that university.

We recognize that this devastating situation may jeopardize the successful completion of the semester, and thereby potentially affect your student status and expected progress toward your degree. However, I am pleased to inform you that Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH has agreed to accept Boston University students currently enrolled in the Keio Exchange Program as Visiting Students for the Spring Quarter, which begins on March 28, 2011. Dartmouth offers a range of Japanese language courses and other courses in related areas that should enable you to take a variety of courses that can be applied to your program of studies at Boston University.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Dr. Debra Terzian, Director of Program Management and Summer Programs, at Boston University International Programs, at (617) 353-9888 or as soon as possible — but no later than Wednesday, March 23. Dr. Terzian will forward the names of interested BU students to Dartmouth’s Associate Dean for International and Interdisciplinary Studies as soon as we know who is interested in this option. In addition to, or in lieu of this opportunity, you may want to consider continuing with your studies in the summer, either at Boston University or elsewhere. Dr. Terzian can also assist you in finding appropriate programs if you prefer these options.

It is with great sadness that we have reached this decision. However, the health, safety, and security of our students are of the utmost importance. We also express our deepest sympathy for the people of Japan and join the global community in supporting their efforts for a successful recovery from this disaster.

Urbain (Ben) DeWinter, PhD
Associate Provost
International Programs
888 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston University
Boston, MA 02215
(T) +(617) 353-7113
(F) +(617) 358-0381

For Kyoto Center for Japanese Studies Students

March 16th, 2011

March 16th, 2011, 11:31 am.

The semester at KCJS is continuing without disruption and anticipates completing the semester as schedule. We will advise students of any change to that situation.

For Keio University Students

March 16th, 2011

March 16th, 2011, 11:30 am.

A message from the Keio University International Center:

To all Japanese Language Program students, Keio International Program students, and Research Students (who are exchange students),

Owing to the current situation in Japan resulting from the Tohoku – Pacific Ocean Earthquake, the schedule for the beginning of the 2011 Spring Semester for Japanese Language Program students and exchange students will be altered as follows.

The events and orientation that were scheduled to take place by Friday, April 1, have been canceled. At the current time these events and orientation will now take place from Monday, April 4. (The University’s Entrance Ceremony is still scheduled to take place on Friday, April 1. However, dependent on future developments this could change.)

As the future development of the current situation is hard to predict, we will contact you again by email, so please continue to check your emails. Please also check the Keio University home pages given below, as responses to future developments may be posted here at any time.

Update: Students Safe

March 13th, 2011

 March 13th, 2011, 5:10 pm.

As of yesterday afternoon, we are able to confirm the safety and well being of all BU students studying in Japan this semester. 

Students in the Tropical Ecology Program were able to leave the Galapagos Islands yesterday afternoon. They are all in Quito now and the program has continued without disruption.

Update: Keio University

March 11th, 2011

Friday, March 11th, 2011, 4:57 pm.

From Keio University

Dear Partners,

As reported extensively on the media, the earthquake occurred on March 11th has caused serious damage to many areas, especially the north east of Japan.

Fortunately, on all Keio campuses, Keio has recognized no human suffering of students, pupils and patients.

We sent out email to all exchange students to let us know whether they are safe and also to ask them to contact their family and friends back home.

Please let us know if you have any concerns or questions.

Sincerely yours,
Prof. Susumu Tomooka
Director, International Center
Keio University

Update: Earthquake in Japan

March 11th, 2011

Friday, March 11th, 2011, 4:54 pm.

Aftershocks, some quite powerful, continue in Japan. Communications with Japan are still uncertain but we urge that students there try to be in contact with their families, curb any travel plans for the immediate future, and follow all instructions from program staff. Narita and some other airports in Japan are partially reopening but not accepting arrivals. Public transportation in Tokyo and other cities remains closed at this moment.

The most immediate risk of destructive tsunamis around the Pacific Rim, including the West Coast of the U.S. and South America, appears to have passed but we urge students to remain vigilant and follow local news, and the announcements of local authorities, carefully. Tsunami warnings and alerts are still posted in many places. We are advised that tsunamis can be prolonged events, and that the worst waves can sometimes follow a period of inactivity.

The tsunami advisory has been lifted for Australia and New Zealand.

Another Update: Galapagos Islands

March 11th, 2011

Friday, March 11th, 2011, 1:04 pm.

The director of the Tropical Ecology Program, Dr. Kelly Swing, has advised by telephone that he and the students will remain on board the vessel on which they have been traveling and will put out to sea, where they will simply ride out the wave or waves, if they do come through this afternoon. The harmful effects of tsunamis are felt on seashores, but very mildly or not at all on surface vessels. We still anticipate that students will be able to depart the Galapagos tomorrow.

Update from Galapagos Islands

March 11th, 2011

Friday, March 11th, 2011, 12:15pm.

The President of Ecuador has cancelled all flights in and out of the Galapagos Islands today and has ordered all people there to seek higher ground. This order affects 17 students study on BU’s Tropical Ecology Program who were scheduled to leave the Galapagos today. The students are accompanied by the program director, Dr. Kelly Swing, along with faculty and staff members. We anticipate that the students will be able to leave tomorrow at the latest. The tsunami effect is expected to reach the Galapagos Islands some time this afternoon.

Message from Keio University: Earthquake in Japan

March 11th, 2011

Friday, March 11th, 2011, 11:22 am.

Keio University in Tokyo has posted the following messages to their website:

On all Keio campuses, Keio has recognized no human suffering of students, pupils and patients.

Please take precaution against earthquake aftershocks and act calmly.

Keio has offered spaces in facilities on each campus and provided emergency food for Keio students and pupils who have no access to the transportation system to return home.