Earthquake-related information for international students
1) About radiation
Since the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, there have been concerns about the impact of radiation on the environment. However, it has been decided that special measures for radiation are not necessary because the University of Tokyo campuses (Hongo, Komaba, and Kashiwa) are located 220 kilometers away from the Nuclear Power Plant. In response to this, all lectures offered at the School of Science have begun as they do every year at this time.
For the latest updates on radiation please check out the following websites.
Japanese government ministries
- MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology)
- METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry)
- MAFF (Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries)
- MHLW (Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)
- WHO (World Health Organization)
- IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency)
- FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations)
2) About everyday life
The Tohoku Region and Pacific Offshore Earthquake that occurred on March 11, 2011 caused some inconvenience in daily life: partial suspension of train services, rolling blackouts in the quake-hit areas and the neighboring regions, and shortages of certain goods, such as mineral water, in stores. A month has passed since the earthquake and things are back to normal; trains are operating almost as usual, the frequency of rolling blackouts has decreased, and mineral water is now sold in the stores on campus. The School will keep students informed of the latest information on the earthquake through the School website.
The University's response to the earthquake
On-campus emergency contact details
- Phone (internal line): 22038
- Fax (external line): 03-5802-8856
3) About the impact of power consumption cut-down on research / education
The University of Tokyo is one of the most power-consuming institutions in Tokyo. Power shortages continue in Tokyo because the electricity generated at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant supplied Tokyo; so the University is trying to save power by turning off the lab devices, etc., and this has been affecting some of our research and/or education activities. Master's / doctoral students should confirm the impact of power consumption cut-down on their laboratory by consulting with their supervising faculty members as necessary.