Coronavirus Information (November 30, 2020)

Recent Updates


Commencement Update

Last Update: November 30, 2020

To All Recent TUJ Graduates:

TUJ will hold a formal commencement ceremony on December 11, 2020 at Hitomi Memorial Hall for all eligible TUJ graduates who completed their degree requirements in the following semesters:

  • Summer 2019
  • Fall 2019
  • Spring 2020
  • Summer 2020

Event Details and Information:

Location:
Hitomi Memorial Hall, on the campus of Showa Women’s University (SWU)
Address:
1 Chome-7-57 Taishido, Setagaya City, Tokyo 154-8533
Access Map:
Map and Directions to Showa Women’s University and Hitomi Hall
Time:
The Ceremony begins at 7 pm sharp. Graduates participating in the ceremony should arrive at the venue no later than 6:15 pm in order to check-in, collect their regalia, robe and line up for the procession.

Check-in for Graduates

5:00pm Check-in Starts
6:15pm Closing of Check-in Desk

Commencement Ceremony Time Schedule

6:00pm Doors Open for Guests
7:00pm Graduation Ceremony Begins
8:15pm Ceremony Ends

Transportation and Entry:

All the Graduates and Guests should use the Main Gate of Showa Women’s University. Parking is not available on campus, although private parking lots are available in the neighborhood surrounding TUJ and SWU. The closest Metro stop is Sangen-jaya station on the Den-en-toshi line and is about a 10 minute walk to the main SWU gate.

map

Health Procedures:

There will be a temperature check upon entry into the hall, face coverings will be mandatory and social distancing rules will be in effect. Because the situation with COVID-19 remains fluid, the university may impose additional health and safety rule in advance of the ceremony and in response to government health guidelines. Showa Women’s University may also perform a temperature check at the main gate.

Photography:

The ceremony will be filmed and photographs taken.

Registration for the December ceremony is now closed.

Recent TUJ graduates who missed their ceremony due to COVID-19 travel restrictions or other difficulties are welcome to participate in the spring 2021 ceremony scheduled for June 6, 2021.
Further details and additional information on the spring commencement will be sent by email after the New Year.

Comments or questions may be sent to the TUJ Commencement Team at tujcommencement@tuj.temple.edu.

Sincerely,

The TUJ Commencement Team

Changes to spring semester 2021 schedule

Last Updated October 12, 2020

Dear TUJ Students,

As we move into the middle of fall semester, I hope that this email finds you well and enjoying fall semester classes. As we all work through the challenges posed by COVID-19, we are most grateful for your flexibility, patience, and understanding. If there is anything that we can do to assist you this semester, please do not hesitate to let us know. We are here to assist you.

Today, I wanted to share a few pieces of important information with you.

Spring Semester – January 18th start for Undergraduate & Bridge students

Please note that there has been a slight adjustment in our spring semester calendar for Undergraduate and Bridge students. This coming spring semester, classes will now start on January 18th (Monday) and end on April 23rd (Thursday). The updated schedule will be posted on our website shortly, but I wanted to make sure that you heard this directly from us first. This adjustment will help facilitate spring semester preparations and also provide additional flexibility for students. Based on recent pronouncements from the Japanese government and low number of COVID-19 cases in Japan, it appears likely that our overseas students will be able to join us in person for spring semester. This adjustment will help these students as they enter Japan under strict conditions. Of note, the revised academic calendar results in minimal disruption and ends only two days later than presently scheduled.

Note: The spring semester calendars for AEP, Graduate Education, Law, and Continuing Education programs differ from the Undergraduate and Bridge students.

TUJ-branded masks

As a token of our appreciation to you, we have asked a Japanese manufacturer to create to make TUJ-branded masks. These polyester-spandex masks will arrive in the next week or two. They will be white and marked with the TUJ logo similar to the drawing below. We are excited to offer degree seeking students one mask for FREE. Additional masks will be available for sale at the Information Center for students, family, friends, alumni, and others. We will be distributing these on campus so please stay tuned for additional details. (For TUJ students living in Japan who are not coming to campus this semester and for those students taking courses overseas, we are currently exploring ways to distribute masks to you as well.)

TUJ-branded mask

Opportunity to Provide Feedback

As I have mentioned previously, your input is highly valued. To the extent that you have any thoughts or suggestions, please do not hesitate to reach out directly to me. Along these lines, we have set up an online Suggestion Box to make things even easier for you. Please feel free to submit suggestions with your name or anonymously. We will continuously be looking for ways to elevate your TUJ experience.

Closing thoughts

I hope that you have a great week and look forward to hopefully connecting again soon.

Sincerely,

Matthew Wilson

Dean


Off-campus positive COVID student case reported -- No contact with campus community

Published Sept 18th, Updated Sept 24

One undergraduate student who has not had physical contact with the TUJ community in recent months tested positive for COVID-19. The student has not been on campus nor had any physical contact with TUJ faculty/staff/students. The student has been taking courses on-line, and is currently in self-isolation at home.


Commencement Update

Last Update: September 4, 2020

To All Recent TUJ Graduates:

TUJ is planning to hold a formal commencement ceremony on December 11, 2020 at Hitomi Memorial Hall for eligible graduates who completed their degree requirements in the following semesters:

  • Summer 2019
  • Fall 2019
  • Spring 2020
  • Summer 2020

Because the situation with COVID-19 is still fluid, we will make a final determination based on prevailing health conditions and government guidelines by mid-October if the December commencement will go forward as planned.

TUJ expects social distancing rules to be in effect resulting in changes to the usual format and a scaled down event compared to prior ceremonies. Travel restrictions may also prevent recent TUJ graduates who are not currently resident in Japan from returning to participate.

Please Note: Because of these and other potential issues in December, all recent TUJ graduates who successfully completed their degree requirements between Summer 2019 and Summer 2020 will be given the option to participate in the Spring 2021 ceremony instead, if they so choose.

In that case, they will join the graduating students from the fall 2020 and the spring 2021 classes in a combined ceremony on June 6, 2021. TUJ is working to give everyone as much flexibility as possible to participate in a ceremony of their choosing in either 2020 or 2021.

Important Next Steps:

  1. Keep your email active. Recent TUJ graduates should keep their TUJ email accounts active in order to receive further updates about commencement. TUJ email accounts are active only for one year after completing your degree unless you take active steps to maintain your account. Please see the following link for details and instructions: TUJ Alumni Email Accounts
  2. Respond to official emails from the TUJ Commencement team. In early September you will receive a survey asking about your current plans and interest in participating in either the December 2020 or June 2021 ceremonies. Please take a moment to respond to the survey to assist TUJ in planning the events. You do not need to decide now.
  3. Mark your calendars: Mark your calendars for Friday, December 11, 2020 and June 6, 2021. Further details will be forthcoming about each event in the weeks ahead.
  4. Check for Updates: Updates on Commencement will be posted here on the TUJ Commencement webpage, and on the special 2020 commencement website to be created soon.
  5. Communicate with TUJ. Please direct any comments or questions to the Commencement Team at tujcommencement@tuj.temple.edu.

The TUJ Commencement Team


Update on Fall Return

Last Update: July 20, 2020

All:

As we approach the end of the summer semester, we are already preparing for the reopening of TUJ in the fall.

Recently, the daily number of cases in Tokyo has been close to 300. However, we are still planning to fully reopen campus facilities in the fall, although with prevention measures that are more cautious than those requested by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and/or MEXT. Please be aware that we may have to adjust our opening plans for the fall if the situation in Tokyo or at TUJ changes.

Approximately 25% of undergraduate classes will be held in the classroom. Therefore, we expect to have approximately 300-400 students in the building at any given time during the day. Further,

Law will have a restricted on-campus scenario for the fall semester.

AEP and Bridge will have a combination of online and in-class.

TESOL will have all fall classes in-class.

Masters in Management will offer in-class sessions but it is possible that some courses will be taught online

We will return to normal operating hours and in general all student facing offices will be open, although may not be fully staffed. We will be working with senior staff to determine exactly which offices should open and which can be staffed remotely. Staff not working on-campus will continue to work remotely.

Where we cannot create adequate spacing between work areas, Plexiglas barriers will be installed.

Plastic sheeting (as we have now) will be used at all reception areas.

Furniture in open areas such as the cafeteria and Shimada Parliament will be reduced and adequately spaced.

“Unessential” activities like ICAS events, and use of the Art Gallery, will again be considered from the beginning of the fall semester.

We will have the same procedures in place for entering the building as we have over the summer:

  • Temperature check
  • Hand sanitizer station
  • Employee and Student ID scan
  • Masks or other face coverings are compulsory when on campus, including outside areas.

While we will be following up on further details for the fall opening, there is one thing that I want to make clear, and will continue to make clear. Your health and safety and that of everyone in the TUJ Community and the broader Tokyo community, is the number one priority for all of us. TUJ’s ability to continue in-class teaching and other on campus operations depends upon each individual doing all they can to mitigate the risks posed by COVID-19.

Please note that we are unlikely to close the building if there is an individual with a confirmed COVID19 case who has been in the building, but plan to do intensive cleaning and contract tracing. However, if a cluster of individuals who have COVID19 symptoms is reported, we are likely to close the building both for intensive disinfection and cleaning and to reduce the risk of further spread.

Please go to the TU Portal – Return to Campus tab for details concerning the following protocols:

  • Masks or Cloth Face Coverings
  • Student Safety
  • Employee Safety
  • Attendance and Engagement
  • Cleaning and Disinfection
  • Building Safety
  • Visitor Safety

I want to thank you all for everything you have done during this truly trying experience. It has been a very long and difficult spring, but TUJ faculty and staff have done a great job in adjusting to online education and administrative support. I certainly hope that we will take a small first step to getting back to regular operations but we will continue to monitor the situation and if we need to make adjustments, we will. Please look for further updates in the next few weeks.

Once again, thank you all

Bruce Stronach

Dean


Next steps for opening - June 22

Last Update: June 16, 2020

Dear All:

Given that the TMG has moved to the final stage of reopening and is entering the phase where almost all economic and social activities are being permitted, I wanted to give you an update of where we at TUJ stand and what our summer–to-fall plans are.

This announcement will only be the first in a series of announcements as we use this summer in order to prepare for the fall semester, and use the fall semester to prepare for the spring semester. As always, these plans are subject to change given changing conditions.

The first thing I want to stress is that although we are all happy that Tokyo has been able to weather the pandemic storm under more relaxed conditions than other major cities in the world, we at TUJ will be moving more cautiously toward the fall.

As of now the basics are these:

  • This summer we will continue to have all classes taught online but we will begin a cautious opening of the campus to those students and faculty who absolutely need it and those events that we feel are necessary. Most staff will continue to work from home.
  • We will have a restricted on-campus scenario for the fall semester, which in the case of UG means approximately 25% of classes taught in the classroom and 75% taught online.
  • We are planning for a full return to normal operations by the start of the undergraduate spring semester on January 12th.

We are implementing the following Summer re-opening schedule:

June 1 – 21:

In the Building:

  • Masks must be worn at all times.
  • Social distancing.
  • Plastic / Plexiglass sheets for student facing counters (IC, FGA, OSS, Help Desk).
  • Only the main entrance will be open.
  • The 1st floor cafeteria will be open with one chair per table to maintain social distancing. Maximum capacity has been set at 42 students.
  • The 5th floor Open Computer Lab will be open with reduced seating of one chair per table to maintain social distancing.
  • Windows will be opened to improve ventilation.
  • Door will be opened improve circulation/ventilation and to reduce touch points.
  • All other floors closed to students. Faculty and staff may enter other areas of building.

Academic Operations:

No classes operating in the building. All online.

Campus Operations:

Building operating hours will be 8:00 to 20:00.

The following departments are staffed:

  • Information Center (9:00 to 17:30)
  • Facilities
  • Student Services
  • ITS Help Desk

Cabinet members may use their offices as needed.

All others who are using the building for specific reasons please get advance permission from your manager/academic coordinator.

All faculty and staff who enter the building must (1) register on the Attendance Log, and (2) “click in and click out” on Bamboo when you are in your offices.

June 22 – July 31:

In the Building:

Same as the above plus:

Media Room and Art Mac Lab opened with reduced seating to ensure social distancing.

Library with reduced seating to ensure social distancing.

Academic Operations:

All classes online except - faculty can teach from their assigned classrooms if difficult to teach from home. Faculty should not hang around campus unless waiting for their next class.

Campus Operations:

Building operating hours will be 8:00 to 20:00.

The following departments will be staffed (one to two people), if necessary:

  • Information center (9:00 to 17:30)
  • Facilities
  • Student Services
  • ITS Help Desk
  • Library

August – TBD

August will be the month that we prepare for an increased number of students in the building as well as the increased number of staff necessary to support them.

Also, there will be increased use of the building by summer short-term programs.

Best,

Bruce Stronach

Dean


Update on Stage 1 Campus Reopening

Last Update: May 27, 2020

Dear all:

Here is a follow up with more specific information as to what the Stage 1 opening on Monday will look like.

Fundamentally, it will be the same essential-use only conditions as were in place before the campus was completely shut down at the end of March but with the entry protocol as detailed below.

Students, faculty and staff will be allowed to enter the building, but only if there is a real need. Any faculty or staff entering must get approval and also inform Facilities. During this period, we plan to open the building from 8:00 to 20:00 from Monday to Friday.

Initially, IC and Facilities will be open for students, with OSS opening from June 8th, but will only be open from 9:00am to 5:30pm. All other offices will be closed until further notice.

Only the following uses will be allowed for students:

  • The 1st floor cafeteria will be open for students who need it for study and wifi access. Parliament Student Lounge will be closed. There will be limited space, so we have asked them to study from home if they can effectively do so.
  • The 5th floor open Computer Lab (501) will be open and one Help Desk staff will be available.
  • IC, Facilities, and OSS offices (June 8) will be open for students. All other offices will be closed.

This stage will likely continue for a few weeks or longer as we monitor the situation and as the Tokyo Metropolitan Government begins to further loosen emergency restrictions. If there is a reversal in the situation, we have to be ready to go back to the lockdown, but if things continue to improve, and the TMG allows it, then we will continue to relax restrictions on the use of the campus.

In order to enter the building, all staff, faculty and students will be required to:

  • Undergo a temperature check upon entering the building via a hand held device or temperature sensing camera. If your temperature is over 37.5 degrees, entry to the building will not be permitted.
  • Have their TUid card scanned so that we can track who has entered the building.
  • Wear a mask. You cannot enter without a mask, and you must continue to wear your mask at all times when inside the building.
  • Sanitize hands when entering the building.
  • Maintain social distancing inside the building (including in all offices and other rooms).

In addition,

  • There will be a guardsman on duty throughout the day.
  • Those offices that expect student foot traffic will have protective plastic barriers.

Remember, please do not come to school if you feel ill, and please report your illness as we have been doing.

It is great to think about getting back to normal, but of course it will be a long time before we get back to what was normal at the beginning of the spring semester. We will be taking it cautiously through the summer semester, and I’ll be getting back to you periodically on longer range terms for further opening stages.

In the meantime, thank you again for all the very difficult but excellent work you’ve been doing, and I look forward to the day when we are all, safely, back on campus.

Best,

Bruce Stronach

TUJ Dean


TUJ Stage 1 Opening Next Week

Last Update: May 26, 2020

Dear All:

As many of you may know, Prime Minister Abe has announced the relaxation of the emergency decree measures, and Tokyo will enter into the first stage of reopening. Universities are included in that first stage.

It is great that we can now begin to plan for our own reopening. However, as much as we all want to get back to campus, we do not want to rush our return. Therefore, we are planning to begin our Stage 1 reopening from Monday June 1st.

During this week we will be making final preparations for TUJ’s Stage 1 reopening. This week we will allow a very small number of students on campus to use wifi under strict protocols.

It is great to think about getting back to normal, but of course it will be a long time before we get back to what was normal at the beginning of the spring semester. We will be taking it cautiously through the summer semester, and I’ll be getting back to you during this week on longer range terms for further opening stages.

In the meantime, I thank you once again for all that you have been doing during this long period of working online and look forward to that day when we are all, safely, back on campus.

Best,

Bruce Stronach

Dean

<Stage 1 Procedures>

During the initial, “Stage 1” period, faculty and staff will be allowed to enter the building, but only if there is a real need. Any faculty or staff entering must get approval. During this period, we plan to open the building from 8:00 to 20:00 from Monday to Friday.

In order to enter the building, all staff, faculty and students will be required to :

  • Undergo a temperature check upon entering the building via a hand held device or temperature sensing camera. If your temperature is over 37.5 degrees, entry to the building will not be permitted.
  • Have their TUid card scanned so that we can track who has entered the building.
  • Wear a mask. You cannot enter without a mask, and you must continue to wear your mask at all times when inside the building.
  • Sanitize hands when they enter the building.
  • Maintain social distancing inside the building (including in all offices and other rooms).

Extending TUJ closure

Last Update: May 4, 2020

To TUJ Faculty and Staff:

As you know, the Tokyo Metro Government is extending the emergency until the end of May, therefore we will also extend the campus closure until the end of May. As I stated in an earlier message, we are already beginning to plan for the opening of the campus, when that is allowed. Even though the opening is delayed, it will still be in a staged, safe, and cautious manner. I’ll be in touch with you as we finalize those plans.

I know that working from home is not easy for many of us, but of course this continues to be the safest course of action for TUJ, Tokyo, and all of Japan until such time as the pandemic has abated.

Although we are working solely online, thanks to your efforts I am happy to report that we are successfully conducting our normal operations, including the budget compilation, open houses, career fairs, recruitment fairs, advising, registration, and counseling.

I want to give you special thanks for donating more than ¥1,000,000 to the student emergency fund in just the past few days. To date, TUJ as an institution has also authorized more than ¥6,000,000 for that fund. In addition, I am happy to announce that for the summer semester we will not be charging student activities fees or course fees, and will be reducing facilities fee by ¥10,000. Also, subject to TESS approval in July, and BOT approval on May 12, we will not be raising tuition in FY2021.

In the midst of all of this, I do hope you are enjoying your Golden Week. It is much different than we thought it would be, but, as I have written to our students, we are all in this together. Yes, these are uncertain times, but we at TUJ, and everyone on the Main Campus, are working to support our students to the very best of our ability.

Best,

Bruce Stronach

Dean


Important Notice About Fees and Tuition

Last Update: May 4, 2020

To TUJ students:

In my message last Monday, I anticipated that the Tokyo Metropolitan Government would extend the emergency period until the end of May. It is widely anticipated that announcement will be made either today or tomorrow. Therefore, unfortunately we will have to keep the TUJ campus closed until the end of May, or until the emergency controls are relaxed.

Given the situation, and given that we will be starting the semester online, for the summer semester 1) the deadline for tuition payment will be pushed back until May 11th, and 2) we will not be charging student activities fees or course/media fees, and will be reducing facilities fee by ¥10,000. Also, subject to Main Campus approvals in May and July, we will not be raising tuition in FY2021.

Let me repeat what I wrote last week: Although all classes for the semester will be taught online, if the situation improves during the semester, we hope that those students who are able to return to the classroom, will do so. However, when we are given the OK to reopen the campus, we will again make our facilities available to students as soon as we can and in the best, and safest, manner possible, especially for those who will need online and other means of support.

Finally, I know that some students are asking why we are charging any facilities fees if all instruction is online. A fair question, but the answer is that while instruction is online all other services such as DRS, advising, visa, financial aid office, registrars, TLC, library, etc. are being conducted successfully. In addition, especially for the summer semester, the facilities fee will support students increased data and internet costs.

We are all in this together, TUJ, the Main Campus, Showa Women’s University, all of us. We recognize these are uncertain times, but there is one point you can count on: Temple University Japan will continue to support your academic continuity to the very best of our ability.

Best,

Bruce Stronach

Dean


Looking Forward to the Summer Semester

Last Update: April 28, 2020

To All TUJ Students:

I want to thank you for all the efforts that you have put into your education over the spring semester under very trying circumstances. I know that we all want our education to be in the classroom but for students all over the world, that has been impossible. TUJ as a whole, but especially your faculty members, have been doing all we can to support you, but I know that it is not easy for any of us.

The most important question is: When can we get back to the classroom? We announced earlier that we would let everyone know our plans by late April, and unfortunately, it looks now as if we will have to start the summer semester online.

No one is sure when the Tokyo Metropolitan Government will begin relaxing the emergency and allowing life to return to what will definitely be the “new normal”, but we do not think that will happen in time for us to make the preparations we need for a full reopening by May 25th. When we are given the OK to reopen the campus, we will again make the campus available to students as soon as we can and in the best, and safest, manner possible, especially for those who will need online and other means of support.

All classes for the semester will be taught online, however, if the situation improves during the semester, we hope that those who are in Tokyo and are able to return to the classroom, will do so. It is possible that as you begin your semester online you can finish either online or in the classroom, as you choose. Again, let me be clear, all courses will be taught for the entire semester online, but if we are able to open the classrooms, then those who wish to return to the classroom may do so. Those who do not wish to return to the classroom will not have to.

In my 12 years as Dean the thing that most amazes me about TUJ is that it is the epitome of the most positive aspects of globalization. Our student body is extremely diverse and yet there is a real feeling of identity with our community, with TUJ. The COVID pandemic is a global phenomenon that will change many things in our lives, but one thing that will not change is TUJ. We will continue to work together to be the positive force for global education that we have always been.

Best,

Bruce Stronach

Dean


End of Semester Update From the Dean

Last Update: April 17, 2020

To All TUJ Students:

I just wanted to wish you all the best as we draw near the end of the semester. I know that UG finals started today, and Graduate Programs and AEP are also starting to wrap up their semesters.

This has been a semester like no other we have ever known. While we can say that it is the same for university students all over the world, I recognize that it doesn’t ameliorate the burden that you all have felt, and your faculty members have felt, by having to switch to online courses in the middle of the semester.

We still are planning to begin our UG semester in class on May 25th but we also hope to have all classes online as well so that those who cannot make it to TUJ will be able to continue their education at TUJ. However, we will reassess the in-class/online decision at the end of April.

The Graduate Education Program starts from May 7th as scheduled, but students and faculty will be notified with the final in-class/online decision by April 28th at the latest. The Law Program starts from Saturday, May 9th as scheduled with classes beginning on Monday, May 11th. Students and faculty will be notified with the final in-class/online decision by April 28th at the latest. The EMBA program will be online for the summer.

AEP will begin online from May 7th to May 23rd, but will decide whether to continue online by April 28th at the latest.

Not being able to have a Commencement ceremony this year is another huge disappointment. We are still discussing what we might be able to do this spring in lieu of a Commencement, and we are also planning to hold a real Commencement in the fall. I’ll keep you informed as the details fall into place.

I want to end by thanking you all for your patience and your perseverance in completing your classes under very trying circumstances within TUJ and outside TUJ. There are no words that can soften the reality of the coronavirus pandemic. All we can do as an institution of higher education, and as individuals, is to do our best to continue to teach and study, and to continue to take those actions that will bring an end to the pandemic as quickly as possible.

Personally, the thing I miss the most is simply walking around and talking with people. The great thing about TUJ is the diversity of its faculty, staff and students, and the way in which we all interrelate and communicate. I promise that we will do everything we can to get TUJ re-booted and up and running again, but in a way that is as safe and secure as we can make it.

Once again, thank you.

Bruce Stronach

Dean


Important Notice - Emergency Declaration for Tokyo and Osaka

Last Update: April 7, 2020

Tokyo and Osaka will be operating under emergency decrees from midnight tonight through May 6th. The final list of institutions asked to close will not be published until Thursday, April 9th, and not go into effect until Friday, April 10th. We are certain, however, that all universities will be asked to suspend operation.

Therefore, from tomorrow, April 8th from 3:30pm at the latest, all TUJ administrative operations will be maintained online and the Tokyo and Osaka campuses closed for the emergency period.

Anyone who needs to retrieve anything of importance for your work or studies from the campus must do so between 9:30am and 3:30pm tomorrow, April 8th. Please do not come to the building unless it is absolutely necessary. If you do come to the campus to retrieve your work, please maintain distance from others in the building and wear a mask if possible. The campus will be closed from 3:30pm tomorrow.

Spring classes will continue to be taught online as they have since March 2nd.

I am encouraging everyone to please heed the declaration and stay at home and follow guidance related to social distancing, hand washing, wearing masks, etc.

The declaration will be in effect until the end of Golden Week on May 6th and we anticipate opening the new undergraduate semester as scheduled on May 25th.

The EMBA program will open online on May 2nd.

The LLM Program will start in-class on May 9th, unless otherwise notified.

Both the AEP and TESOL Programs will start in-class on May 7th unless otherwise notified.

All faculty and staff will be considered to be working at home as has been the case since March 30th.

I look forward to seeing you back on campus in a month. Until then, stay well and Ganbatte.

Bruce Stronach

Dean


TUJ Community's first case of positive test for coronavirus

Last Update: April 6, 2020

All:

We learned last night (April 5th) that one member of the TUJ faculty and staff has tested positive for COVID-19. They report that they do not have severe symptoms, will be staying at home, and that a person at the health center will check on them every day.

The person was last in the building on March 26th. Those people with whom the person had contact are being separately contacted, but no students are in the group.

While the coronavirus cannot remain viable on surfaces after a few days, out of an abundance of caution we are arranging for a thorough cleaning of those areas the person involved visited while in the building. The building remains open for essential staff.

Please remember the importance of social distancing, hand washing, and cough etiquette. My thoughts go out to the person who has been infected and also to all of us in the TUJ Community.

Best,

Bruce Stronach

Dean


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.