Coronavirus Information (March 30, 2020)

Recent updates


Postponement of TUJ's June 7th Commencement

Last Update: March 30, 2020

To the TUJ Community

As you have noticed in President Englert’s and Provost Epp’s message to the Temple Community last week, Temple University main campus is postponing its May 7th Commencement.

I am sorry to tell you that we at TUJ will be following suit. The TUJ Commencement was scheduled for June 7th but we will postpone it until December, the specific date will be announced later. As TUJ is an integral part of Temple University, as Temple University's Commencement is to be postponed, it will be for all of the university, including TUJ.

In addition, although we certainly hope to be open for regular business and in-person classes in May and June, we cannot be 100% sure what conditions in Japan will be and so feel it best to be conservative. That includes the high probability of continuing restrictions on gatherings, and the inability of graduates’ friends and family to come to Japan.

However, I want to make it clear that all prospective Spring graduates who meet their academic requirements will earn their degrees as of the effective diploma date, May 7, 2020.

We will be reaching out soon to those students who will be graduating this year with further information.

Sincerely,

Bruce Stronach

Dean


Important information on Spring Semester Grading and Withdrawal

Last Update: March 27, 2020

All Faculty and Students:

Please read the message from Provost Epps carefully Grading options for Spring 2020 semester.

Note that

  1. more information will be coming from the university on Monday,
  2. but all students will have the option of keeping letter grades, UG students will have the option of credit/no credit grading for most, if not all, of their courses, and graduate students will have a pass/fail option. Professional school (Beasley) grade options will be handled on a school-by-school basis.
  3. In addition, note that the undergraduate course withdrawal date has been moved from March 18th to the last day of classes. Withdrawal dates may differ for graduate programs and professional schools (Beasley) will have the option of extending their withdrawal dates.

I reiterate that there will be more detailed information from the main campus concerning this Spring Semester policy on Monday, US time. At that time, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs George Miller will be in touch with more details and guidance for undergraduate faculty and students, Director Tina Saunders (Law), Mikiya Mori (EMBA), and Min Lu (TESOL MSED and PhD) will be in touch with their graduate students and faculty, and Bridge and AEP Director Emi Mizunuma will be in touch with Bridge and AEP students and faculty.

As a member of the Council of Deans, I can tell you that we have discussed this thoroughly with the Provost and we feel that this is the best thing to do for all Temple U. students given the terrible disruptions of this semester.

Best

Bruce Stronach

Dean


TUJ Campus Condition, Limited Access

Last Update: March 26, 2020

To TUJ Students:

Tokyo Governor Koike has said that the next three weeks will be critical in avoiding an “overshoot” of the coronavirus in Tokyo. Therefore, everyone should stay home as much as possible. If people do not follow her request and there is a continued sharp rise in infections in Tokyo, she would have to order a lockdown. Obviously, no one wants that and so TUJ is going to do all it can to reduce its on-campus operations.

Beginning Monday TUJ will go to minimal in-person operations with almost all staff working from home. This will likely continue for a few weeks or longer as we monitor the situation or until the Tokyo Metropolitan Government declares the emergency to be over. However, if the situation does not improve and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government does order a lockdown, we will have to close the building completely.

During this period the campus will be open for essential purposes only from 7:00am – 7:00pm, Monday through Friday.

Regardless of the situation, online classes will continue for the rest of the semester.

Although no one knows what the situation will be in May, we do anticipate holding normal classes from the beginning of the summer semester. However, if the situation demands it, we will hold the summer semester online. If that is necessary, we will inform you by the end of April.

Please monitor your emails for further messages regarding academic matters.

Please do not come to TUJ unless absolutely necessary for your coursework.

I know that this is a burden on everyone, faculty, staff, and students. However, we have to do whatever we can in order to reduce the time that we are under these severe circumstances, and we can do that best by remaining at home, taking health precautions, and supporting each other through this difficult time.

Temple U. and TUJ have been through hard times in the past and have emerged stronger than ever. This is one more challenge that we will successfully face together, and with the world.

Good luck with your studies over the remainder of the semester.

Sincerely,

Bruce Stronach

Dean


TUJ Summer Semester and Dorm Discount

Last Update: March 26, 2020

To All TUJ Direct Admit (Non-Study Abroad) Students

As you were notified yesterday, TUJ will run its summer semester as scheduled. At the present time we are planning to operate in-class, as normal. If circumstances force us to go to an online format, as we did this semester, we will inform you no later than the end of April.

Any student who needs dormitory accommodations over the break between the spring and summer semesters, we will provide you a room for free at the Musashi-Kosugi dormitory. We also can provide discounted rooms (¥250,000) in the Musashi-Kosugi dormitory over the Summer semester. If interested in staying in the dorm please fill out this form by April 8th. Room allocation will be determined on a first-come, first served basis. Here is some further information about the dorm.

If you are taking courses at TUJ in the summer, no matter what your nationality we strongly urge you to consider remaining in Japan between semesters. If you must travel outside Japan, please be aware of the restrictions you may face in entering the country to which you want to travel including quarantine, possible airline disruptions, and restrictions you may face when reentering Japan. Please be sure to complete this form if you do plan to travel outside Japan. If you travel outside Japan be sure to give yourself enough time to go through the necessary procedures in time to attend the opening of classes on May 25th.

You can find the latest information about restrictions on travel into Japan here.

As the world begins to adjust to this new normal under the COVID-19 pandemic, I truly appreciate your support for TUJ and we will make sure that you are able to continue your education with us uninterrupted. If you have any questions, please write to oss@tuj.temple.edu.

Sincerely,

Bruce Stronach

Dean


URGENT UPDATE: Attention to US CITIZEN Direct Admit TUJ Students

Last Update: March 21, 2020

TUJ Students:

Please note that this follows a separate email sent by Education Abroad on the Main Campus to Study Abroad students at TUJ. This message is specifically for US citizen direct admit (also known as Japan Admit) students at TUJ.

To all Temple University Japan Campus US Citizen Direct Admit Students,

For those of you who are still in Japan, we are writing to advise that the United States Department of State has just raised its travel advisory worldwide to Level 4: Do Not Travel, its highest level, effective immediately.

U.S. citizens currently abroad have been advised to return to the United States immediately, or expect to shelter in place.

Specifically, the U.S. Department of State has written:

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.

In light of this announcement by the U.S. Department of State and their advice that U.S. citizens return to the U.S., you are urged to comply with the directive to depart Japan and return home as soon as possible.

We know how disappointing this is, but Temple's primary concern is the safety of its students and staff in the U.S. and abroad, and while we are very saddened by this turn of events, you must now:

  1. Contact your airline or travel agent to change your return ticket home.
  2. Before departure, please fill out the Travel History Form indicating when you are returning and confirming that you intend to complete your semester online, to help us support you through this transition.
  3. Please note that Temple University Japan will provide a prorated housing refund for all students living in TUJ-arranged housing in Homestays or the TUJ dorms. As soon as we know more about the amount and timing of the refund, we will let you know.
  4. We expect that you will continue your online coursework from home.

These are extremely challenging times, and we are ready to assist you in any way we can. We advise you to make arrangements as quickly as possible, before travel becomes even more difficult and restrictive.

When you return to your homes, please self-monitor. As I’m sure you’ve read, the U.S. is essentially shutting down in an attempt to curtail the spread of COVID-19. For the latest developments, see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of State and the Overseas Security Advisory Council.

We know you likely have a lot of questions. Please refer to the information below for the most updated information available today. As the situation evolves, you should visit Temple’s coronavirus updates site for questions related to COVID-19 and its impact upon the Temple community. We have also included below some frequently asked questions.

We will continue to communicate with you through this transition. Please contact the OSS Emergency phone at 090-2158-0562, or oss@tuj.temple.edu with any questions or concerns you may have.

Sincerely,

Bruce Stronach

Dean

Frequently Asked Questions - Temple University Japan - March 19, 2020

Academics

TUJ will be holding all classes online through the end of the spring semester. Depending on the instructor, courses may be offered synchronously or asynchronously, but all sessions will be recorded so that students who are unable to join class due to time differences will be able to keep up. Please contact your professor prior to departing to let them know of your plans.

Finances

Temple University Japan will provide a prorated housing refund for all students living in TUJ-arranged housing in Homestays or the TUJ dorms. As soon as we know more about the amount and timing of the refund, we will let you know.

With regard to your return air travel, many U.S. carriers are waiving flight change fees, so you should check with your carrier about changing the date of your return flight without incurring extra costs. If your change fees are not waived, or if you incur additional charges that create a financial hardship, please save your receipts and submit them to the Financial Hardship Request for Reimbursement form. Please note that while Temple will take all reasonable requests under consideration, reimbursement may not be possible or appropriate in all circumstances and therefore is not guaranteed.

Travel to the U.S.

As the situation and corresponding mitigation efforts in affected countries rapidly evolve, travel restrictions or border closings may become more common, and airlines may cancel flights, so it’s important that you return home as soon as feasible. You may encounter heightened screening at airports and borders as you travel. Please leave yourself extra time so that you don’t miss your flights.

Self-monitoring at home

As you know, you cannot return to Temple’s Main Campus in Philadelphia, where all activity is now taking place virtually. When you are home, it is vital that you monitor your own health for 14 days and minimize your exposure to others. We strongly urge you to follow these instructions prepared by Temple University Student Health Services. Should you become ill with symptoms of the disease, which include fever, cough and shortness of breath, you should immediately contact your primary health provider.

Remaining abroad against Temple and the U.S. Department of State’s Advice

If you are considering remaining abroad for the remainder of your semester, please reconsider your plans. As noted, the U.S. government has suggested that U.S. citizens should expect to remain abroad indefinitely if they do not return home now. We have no way of knowing how long the Level 4 Worldwide Travel Alert might last. If, after discussing this with your family, you decide to remain in spite of our instructions and the directive of the U.S. Department of State, please understand you will be assuming this risk.


URGENT UPDATE: Suspension of Spring 2020 Study Abroad in Japan

Last Update: March 21, 2020

To all Temple University Japan study abroad students and families,

For those of you who are still in Japan, we are writing to advise that the United States Department of State has just raised its travel advisory worldwide to Level 4: Do Not Travel, its highest level, effective immediately. U.S. citizens currently abroad have been advised to return to the United States immediately, or expect to shelter in place.

Specifically, the U.S. Department of State has written:

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.

In light of this announcement by the U.S. Department of State and their advice that U.S. citizens return to the U.S., you are urged to comply with the directive to depart Japan and return home as soon as possible.

We know how disappointing this is, and we are sorry that your semester abroad is coming to an end in this way. Temple's primary concern is the safety of its students and staff in the U.S. and abroad, and while we are very saddened by this turn of events, you must now:

  1. Contact your airline or travel agent to change your return ticket home.
  2. Before departure, please fill out the Temple Japan Program Return Form indicating when you are returning and confirming that you intend to complete your semester online, to help us support you through this transition.
  3. Please note that Temple University Japan will provide a prorated housing refund for all study abroad students living in TUJ-arranged housing in Homestays or the TUJ dorms. As soon as we know more about the amount and timing of the refund, we will let you know.
  4. We expect that you will continue your online coursework from home.

These are extremely challenging times, and we are ready to assist you in any way we can. We advise you to make arrangements as quickly as possible, before travel becomes even more difficult and restrictive.

When you return to your homes, please self-monitor. As I’m sure you’ve read, the U.S. is essentially shutting down in an attempt to curtail the spread of COVID-19. For the latest developments, see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of State and the Overseas Security Advisory Council.

We know you likely have a lot of questions. Please refer to the information below for the most updated information available today. As the situation evolves, you should visit Temple’s coronavirus updates site for questions related to COVID-19 and its impact upon the Temple community. We have also included below some frequently asked questions.

We will continue to communicate with you through this transition. Please contact Education Abroad at 215-204-0720 or study.abroad@temple.edu with any questions or concerns you may have.

Sincerely,

Lezlie McCabe

Temple University Education Abroad and Overseas Campuses

Frequently Asked Questions - Temple University Japan - March 19, 2020

Academics

TUJ will be holding all classes online through the end of the spring semester. Depending on the instructor, courses may be offered synchronously or asynchronously, but all sessions will be recorded so that students who are unable to join class due to time differences will be able to keep up. Please contact your professor prior to departing to let them know of your plans.

Finances

Temple University Japan will provide a prorated housing refund for all study abroad students living in TUJ-arranged housing in Homestays or the TUJ dorms. As soon as we know more about the amount and timing of the refund, we will let you know.

With regard to your return air travel, many U.S. carriers are waiving flight change fees, so you should check with your carrier about changing the date of your return flight without incurring extra costs. If your change fees are not waived, or if you incur additional charges that create a financial hardship, please save your receipts and submit them to the Financial Hardship Request for Reimbursement form. Please note that while Temple will take all reasonable requests under consideration, reimbursement may not be possible or appropriate in all circumstances and therefore is not guaranteed.

Travel to the U.S.

As the situation and corresponding mitigation efforts in affected countries rapidly evolve, travel restrictions or border closings may become more common, and airlines may cancel flights, so it’s important that you return home as soon as feasible. You may encounter heightened screening at airports and borders as you travel. Please leave yourself extra time so that you don’t miss your flights.

Self-monitoring at home

As you know, you cannot return to Temple’s Main Campus in Philadelphia, where all activity is now taking place virtually. When you are home, it is vital that you monitor your own health for 14 days and minimize your exposure to others. We strongly urge you to follow these instructions prepared by Temple University Student Health Services. Should you become ill with symptoms of the disease, which include fever, cough and shortness of breath, you should immediately contact your primary health provider.

Remaining abroad against Temple and the U.S. Department of State’s Advice

If you are considering remaining abroad for the remainder of your semester, please reconsider your plans. As noted, the U.S. government has suggested that U.S. citizens should expect to remain abroad indefinitely if they do not return home now. We have no way of knowing how long the Level 4 Worldwide Travel Alert might last. If, after discussing this with your family, you decide to remain in spite of our instructions and the directive of the U.S. Department of State, you must log on to studyabroad.temple.edu and digitally sign the Temple Japan Assumption of Risk and Release Waiver under the Materials section of your program homepage by March 23.


Important message on classes at TUJ for spring semester

Last Update: March 13, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff

Things have been changing rapidly and we will now continue holding all classes online through the end of this semester. The summer semester will be conducted normally, in the classroom. Let us hope that all has calmed down by that time. We are also planning to hold Commencement on the scheduled date, June 7th.

The only thing this policy changes is the date on which classes will be held in person here at TUJ. As is the case now, the building will continue to be open for those who want to use it and TUJ business will be open for normal operations. During the time between now and the beginning of the summer semester, as the situation permits, we will be making decisions to hold or cancel non-class events.

Because all classes will be held online for the remainder of the semester students may travel if they wish, however, you must keep up with your online coursework, and we are strongly recommending that you do not travel outside Japan at this time to avoid any possible travel-related risks. If you do choose to travel outside Japan, we are asking all faculty, staff and non-study abroad students to please fill out this Travel History Form so we can track your travel and be in contact with you.

The academic semester will continue as it is now, therefore, any decision to travel before the end of the semester is voluntary; there will be no support for ticket changes. However, any student who leaves their dormitory or homestay to return home will be reimbursed at a later date on a prorated basis.

Study Abroad Students at TUJ through the Education Abroad program for undergraduate students will soon receive a separate message from Education Abroad. Those of you wanting to return home must register with the previously distributed form for study abroad students and please notify the Office of Students Services or the Law Program at TUJ. Also, please remember that no in-person classes are being held on the main campus.

Please note that the Main Campus now requires that students, faculty and staff who have traveled to countries with sustained transmission of the virus must self-monitor off campus for 14 days before returning to the main campus. In addition, if you have travel to countries with sustained transmission of the virus you must self-monitor off campus for 14 days before returning to the TUJ campus or TUJ dorms.

As stated above, we are strongly recommending that you do not travel outside Japan at this time to avoid any possible travel-related risks. However, if you must leave for personal travel, we want you to be prepared for what could occur. Below are some reminders regarding your health while traveling:

PRACTICE GOOD HYGIENE to protect yourself and others: wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your face, carry hand sanitizer, cough or sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve, and properly dispose of tissues.

PREPARE FOR ILLNESS ABROAD (ISOS information applicable to Study Abroad Students only): If you have symptoms of flu or another illness, contact International SOS at +1-215-942-8478 or via the app. They can provide medical consultation and help you make an appointment with a local health care provider if necessary. Refer to your program manual for more information about International SOS, and keep contact information handy for your on-site staff so you can notify them if you get sick.

PREPARE FOR TRAVEL: If you plan to travel, pack extra supplies (clothes, medications, money, phone charger, etc.), in case of travel delays. We encourage you to follow guidelines from reliable sources (Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, U.S. Department of State, CDC, WHO, the Ministry of Health or U.S. Embassy of the country/ies to which you plan to travel) in making personal travel decisions. Be prepared for new restrictions to be enacted with little or no advance notice. Restrictions may include transportation delays or cancellations, border closings, or random or systematic health screening.

For questions and concerns, please contact tujinfo@tuj.temple.edu.

Bruce Stronach

Dean

Notes:

Graduate schools and Continuing Education students will be contacted directly from the program office respectfully.


Message from Temple University, Japan Campus Dean

Last Update: March 5, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

Leadership at TUJ is closely monitoring the developments of the virus and its impact on our community (in conjunction with the Temple University Main Campus and Showa Women’s University), and is tracking information from the Japanese Government and its Ministries.

Please note that, in addition to moving to all classes online until Monday, March 16th, unless otherwise notified, as a related measure, we have selectively canceled or postponed a number of non-essential events in the next few weeks that would have brought large groups of non-students to our campus. The intention of these actions is to cooperate in society-wide efforts to facilitate “social distancing” and thereby reduce the spread of COVID-19 and the severity of its possible impacts on health systems, individuals and organizations. We will consider later whether to cancel or postpone other similar events.

As the President and Provost stated in their message to the Temple University Community I sent you last night, no coronavirus cases have been reported at any of Temple’s domestic or international campuses.

Also note that Temple University will require any students, faculty or staff who have traveled during the previous 14 days to countries designated by the CDC as having sustained transmission, to self-monitor for 14 days from their arrival in the United States, before returning to classes or work on Main Campus. This includes Japan, therefore you will have to self-monitor for 14 days after returning to the United States and before returning to the Main Campus, or Main Campus housing.

Self-monitoring for 14 days means staying at home and avoiding group gatherings and public spaces, including Temple’s campus. You should also monitor your own health carefully, taking your temperature at least once a day.

Further, in order to help limit the possible spread of COVID-19 in the TUJ community, going forward we would like to request that all students take the following steps if you have a fever or other cold symptoms:

  1. Conscientiously use good hygiene measures and cough etiquette;
  2. Refrain from going out; and
  3. Measure and record your body temperature daily.
  4. If you take a break from classes, please reach out to your professors; you are responsible for missed classes and meeting deadlines.
  5. If you have cold symptoms (including a fever higher than 38 degrees Celsius 100.4, cough or difficulty breathing) or have been in contact with confirmed case of coronavirus, please report this to the TUJ Information Center (tujinfo@tuj.temple.edu; 03-5441-9800), so we can arrange for any necessary assistance.

For all students, the health information that we shared previously continues to apply, namely:

§ Practice good hygiene and cough etiquette. Regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand rubs or wipes with 60%–95% alcohol. It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom, before eating, after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose, and after having been in public places, on public transportation, and coming into contact with objects and surfaces that may be contaminated (door handles, train straps, elevator buttons, etc.). If you don’t wear a mask, cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, or cough or sneeze into your elbow or upper sleeve (not your hands). Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. Consider gargling with a disinfectant mouthwash.

§ Clean the surfaces that you frequently touch, such as door handles, keyboards, smartphones, etc. Sleep well and eat well.

§ Practice social distancing, by avoiding unnecessary crowds and gatherings.

§ Review the information on the coronavirus posted by the the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare(English:the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare). The Ministry’s Japanese Q&A. The Q&A can be reviewed in English via Google Translate.

§ The U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommends as a general guideline that those who experience symptoms stay at home until they are free of fever, signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants).

Please check the Temple University and TUJ websites for updates regarding the coronavirus. If any emergency measures need to be taken, they will be announced on the website.

Sincerely,

Bruce Stronach

Dean


Important message on class at TUJ

Last Update: February 28, 2020

To the Temple University Japan community:

I wanted to let you know of a significant change in our schedule that will affect everyone here.

In order to put us in sync with many Japanese universities that are currently not in session, and in response to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s request to close public schools to curb COVID-19 transmission, we have decided, after consultation with the Main Campus, that Temple University Japan will suspend classroom teaching for two weeks, beginning Monday, March 2. We would like to stress that this a preventative measure.

During that time, classes will be taught online so that students do not lose progress in their coursework.

Over the course of these two weeks, we will determine if conditions will allow us to return to regular classroom teaching. Please know that we continue to work with national and international leaders to track the COVID-19 virus and take every effort to ensure your safety and welfare.

In addition, we want you to know that for Temple University Education Abroad School study abroad students who wish to go home, we have been given authority to allow you to leave and continue your coursework online. More detailed information about this option will be sent to you shortly. If you do want to leave, you will be able to let us know through a sign up sheet in that message.

Although classes will be held online, the campus will be open.

I know this change in our regular schedule will be disruptive for some, but I have confidence in the instructional abilities of our dedicated faculty and in the commitment of our students to their studies. Whether it is in the classroom or online, we are here to ensure the finest quality education and your success.

I look forward to the day when we can all be together again on campus.

Sincerely,

Bruce Stronach

Dean

Notes:

  • Beasley Law School Study Abroad students will be contacted directly by TUJ Law School
  • Students of AEP and Continuing Education will be contacted directly by the program office

Postponement and/or cancellation of non-essential events

Last Update: February 27, 2020

All:

TUJ has decided to cancel or postpone the following events, pursuant to the strong recommendations by governmental authorities and health professionals that organizations and individuals start engaging in "social distancing" and seek to reduce the number of unnecessary public gatherings, in the hope of dampening the spread of the coronavirus and reducing the severity of its possible impacts on health systems, individuals and organizations:

  • Executive Leadership Series March 10 (canceled)
  • Student Ski Trip to Nagano Feb 28-March 1 (canceled)
  • Student Trip to Izu Peninsula March 4 (canceled)
  • Undergraduate Open Campus March 8 (canceled)
  • Undergraduate Class observation Day March 23 (canceled)
  • UNHCR Film Event March 13 (postponed)
  • Spring On-Campus Career Fair March 11 (postponed)
  • ICAS March Events March 2, 17, 23 (canceled)
  • TUJ Olympics Conference March 4 (canceled)
  • Dean’s List Dinner Feb. 28 (postponed)

Those who are responsible for organizing these events will be contacted and will be responsible for informing registered or prospective attendees. We are taking this action for certain non-essential events, as a preventative measure, and will consider later whether to cancel or postpone other similar events. TUJ as an institution remains open. If it is even necessary to close the building, we are prepared to continue operations remotely and with virtual instruction.

Stay healthy.

Bruce Stronach

Dean


Last Update: February 26, 2020

To Temple University, Japan Campus Students:

I wanted to bring you up to date on COVID-19, the coronavirus that has continued to spread in Japan and around the world. As you might be aware, over the weekend both the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a Level 2 alert and the United States Department of State raised the advisory level to a Level 2 for Japan. In addition to practicing good health measures, the alert means that:

  • Japan is experiencing sustained community transmission of respiratory illness (COVID-19) caused by the novel coronavirus,
  • the virus can spread from person to person,
  • older adults and those with chronic medical conditions should consider postponing nonessential travel, and
  • travelers should avoid contact with sick people and clean their hands often by washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%–95% alcohol.

I also want to remind you of the information that will help to keep you healthy:

  • Practice good hygiene and cough etiquette. Wash your hands and use alcohol-based hand rubs or wipes after having been in public places, on public transportation, or coming into contact with contaminated objects and surfaces. Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, or cough or sneeze into your elbow or upper sleeve. Gargle with a disinfectant mouthwash. If you are exhibiting symptoms, use a mask. Clean the surfaces that you frequently touch, such as door handles, keyboards, smartphones, etc. Follow the guidelines posted by the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare
  • If you experience symptoms (common cold symptoms or fever higher than 37.5 degrees Celsius for at least four days, exhaustion or difficulty breathing, etc.), please contact the Tokyo health consultation center (details here) to determine an appropriate clinic or hospital to visit.
  • The U.S. CDC recommends as a general guideline that those who experience symptoms stay at home until they are free of fever, signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants).
  • If you have any of these symptoms, please call the consultation center before visiting a doctor or hospital; the center will then recommend medical institutions you should visit. Please only visit medical centers referred to by the medical consultant.

Please also check the TUJ website for updates regarding the coronavirus. If any emergency measures need to be taken, they will be announced on the website

Sincerely,
Bruce Stronach


Last Update: February 18, 2020

TUJ students, faculty and staff,

Japan's health ministry has announced the following criteria for medical consultations or treatment for people who may have contracted the coronavirus.

  • Common cold symptoms or fever higher than 37.5 degrees Celsius for at least four days
  • Exhaustion or difficulty breathing.
  • Vulnerable people as seniors, pregnant women or those with preexisting conditions, who have cold symptoms or a fever for around two days.

If you have any of these symptoms, please call the consultation center before visiting a doctor or hospital; the center will then recommend medical institutions you should visit. Please only visit medical centers referred to by the medical consultant:

<Tokyo residents>
03-5320-4509 ONLY JAPANESE 9:00-21:00 (Bureau of Social Welfare and Public Health https://www.fukushihoken.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/iryo/kansen/coronasodan.html)
03-5285-8181 For English and other languages 9:00-20:00 (HIMAWARI https://www.fukushihoken.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/english/index.html)
<Outside Tokyo residents>
帰国者・接触者相談センター https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/kenkou_iryou/covid19-kikokusyasessyokusya.html
<Guide for Using Medical Institutions>
https://www.jnto.go.jp/emergency/eng/mi_guide.html

If it is confirmed that you are infected with the virus, please make sure to inform TUJ's Information Center at 03-5441-9800 or tujinfo@tuj.temple.edu immediately.


Last Update: February 14, 2020

TUJ students, faculty and staff,

If you have recently returned to or entered Japan from China or have any coronavirus symptoms (fever, cough and difficulty breathing), please contact the local healthcare center (Hokenjo) and promptly see a doctor. If it is confirmed that you are infected with the virus, please make sure to inform TUJ's Information Center at 03-5441-9800 (ext 1030) or tujinfo@tuj.temple.edu immediately.

For coronavirus-related updates, see the Japanese government websites (in Japanese) below.

Please also see the U.S. and international websites below.


Last Update: February 5, 2020

Temple University is suspending all university-affiliated travel by faculty, staff, and students to mainland China. The suspension will continue through the end of February.

The U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 4 travel advisory and we request all to avoid non-essential travel to mainland China.

We are informing all faculty, staff and students of two reliable websites (see below) that are posting information in English about the Coronavirus, the US Embassy and NHK World.

TUJ will be posting any policy announcements regarding the Coronavirus as they occur.
Please check your e-mail and the TUJ website for any updates.