Kyoto University's Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake (January 4, 2012)

January 4, 2012

We wish to express our deepest sympathy to all those who have been affected by the earthquake and tsunami which struck the Pacific coast of the northeastern region of Japan on March 11.

Kyoto University's response to the disaster is detailed below. This notice will be periodically updated.

For details of action being taken by specific faculties and departments, please refer to the following link (Japanese Text):

Current or already implemented measures

  • Confirmation of the safety of KU students, faculty and staff.
  • Confirmation of any damage to KU buildings and facilities.
  • Commence with undergraduate enrollment procedures and provide consultation to successful candidates.
  • Provision of assistance to students affected by the disaster (exemption from enrollment fees and tuition fees, provision of living allowances and scholarships).
  • Dispatching of medical and other staff from Kyoto University Hospital's Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT).
  • Dispatching of medical doctors from Kyoto University Hospital.
  • Establishment of the Earthquake Disaster Task Force.
  • Efforts to conserve electricity throughout the university.
  • Provision of information regarding postponed and cancelled events.
  • Measurement of environmental radiation on campus was taken at the request of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan (MEXT).
  • Volunteer activities by Kyoto University students in the Tohoku region. (Please refer to the link below for details)
  • Provide instructions for international students and researchers who temporarily leave Japan.
  • Material aid.
    • Following a request from the Japan Association of National Universities (JANU) to provide emergency supplies of food and other items, we sent a part of Kyoto University's stores of emergency supplies to Tohoku University in Sendai on March 23.
    • Following a request by the Director of the Research Center for Regional Disaster Management of Iwate University, volunteers from the Graduate School of Informatics of Kyoto University sent shipments of information and communications technology equipment (used personal computers and printers etc.) to Iwate University on April 21 and May 9 and June 8. Please refer to the following link for further details(Japanese Text):
  • Donations etc.
    Please refer to the link below for details of Kyoto University's disaster relief donation efforts (Japanese Text):
    • Report on donations received at the KU graduation ceremony.
    • Report on donations received at the KU entrance ceremony.
    • How to make a donation via bank transfer.
    • How to support victims of the disaster.
    • Victim support campaign closed (see link below for details)
    • How to support Kyoto University students affected by the disaster.
  • Dispatching of radiation measurement experts to Fukushima Prefecture and other expert assistance
    • Following a request from MEXT, faculty and staff from Kyoto University’s Research Reactor Institute, Graduate School of Science and Institute for Chemical Research have been sent to Fukushima Prefecture as of March 19.
    • The university is also providing information to MEXT and responding to technical inquiries from local government bodies.
    • Faculty and staff were dispatched in response to a request by MEXT for experts to conduct screening tests to enable displaced residents to return to their homes.
  • Admission of students and researchers from disaster-affected universities etc.
    • Official regulations for the admission of students and researchers from universities and research institutions affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami have been established. Please contact the relevant/graduate school for further details should you with to welcome such individuals.
  • Information for students and researchers admitted under the above terms
    • Details on the use of Kyoto University's computer/information system:
    • Details on the use of the Kyoto University Library
    • Details of accommodation assistance
    • We are currently in the process of determining the number of persons requiring accommodation. If you require assistance with arranging accommodation, please contact the relevant faculty/graduate school for further details.
  • Counseling and support
    Please do not hesitate to make use of the following services.
    • The Kyoto University Counseling Center is providing a counseling service for those affected by the disaster.
    • The Praxis and Research Center for Clinical Psychology and Education of the Kyoto University Graduate School of Education is providing counseling for persons who have concerns or worries related to the Great East Japan Earthquake. Please refer to the following link for further details(Japanese Text):
  • Symposia etc. related to the recovery effort

Yuzo Ohnishi
Executive Vice-President
Director, Earthquake Disaster Task Force