Message to all students of the School of Science
March 25, 2011

— New academic year —

Dear students,

I would like to express my condolences to people who have lost loved ones, families, relatives and friends due to the Tohoku Region and Pacific Offshore Earthquake. My heart goes out to those who have been forced to evacuate their homes or who have lost their livelihoods as a result of the earthquake and the resulting accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. I would like to express the highest appreciation of those who are making their utmost efforts in rescue and restoration in the quake-hit areas. I hope for the earliest possible restoration and recovery of everyday life.

Our life at the School of Science is hampered by occasional aftershocks, the unclear outlook for the troubled nuclear power plant, rolling blackouts, and reduced train service. The safety and well-being of our students is our top priority. Many of our students may be suffering anxiety. If there is anything we can do for you, please do not hesitate to speak with your professors, the staff, and the Student Support Office. In case of emergency (safety, power, transportation, etc.), we will take swift measures in cooperation with the University's headquarters. We will also make every effort to reduce power consumption as part of our contribution to the national recovery effort.

After assessing safety/power/transportation conditions and possible alternative class schedules, we have decided to keep our school calendar for the new academic year as originally scheduled. Departmental orientation will begin as scheduled on April 1, 2011 and lectures will start thereafter. For details, please refer to the orientation and class schedules posted on the website of the School and/or each department. Students who will have difficulty in attending classes from April 1st should inform their department's office immediately; we will work with each student to find a solution to his or her particular situation.

I know these are difficult times for everyone. Yet, I am confident that we will get through this together. I would like to assure you that the faculty and staff of the School of Science remain totally committed to providing you with the best possible education and to continuing to conduct leading-edge research.

Our faith in science stands unshaken. Let us move forward together.

Toshio Yamagata
Dean, School of Science