Information on The Great East Japan Earthquake
This information relates to students currently in Japan and is purely for the reference of prospective scholarship applicants.
Please note that there will be no change in the future with regard to Japan accepting students from overseas.
Japan is facing an unprecedented crisis in the form of the recent earthquake and tsunami and an accident at a nuclear power station. However, with the support of the international community, the Japanese people are making every effort to tackle this situation and are determined to get through this ordeal. The Government and people of Japan are extremely grateful for the assistance received from the United Kingdom.
Measures to help foreign students
The Government of Japan requests universities and other educational establishments to give due consideration to overseas students who have been affected by the earthquake.
In concrete terms, to help such students pursue and graduate from their studies, all universities and educational institutions are urged to take appropriate measures such as utilising schemes for financial help and safeguarding students' psychological well-being.
Some universities and other educational establishments are changing the times of year when they will accept in Japan foreign students on Japanese Government scholarships. For more detailed information, please refer to the following websites provided by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology:
(Please note that, on the above websites, as well as links to the websites of organizations providing assistance to students in Japan, there are also links to the websites of the Tokyo Institute of Foreign Studies and Osaka University giving earthquake-related information in various languages.)
In addition, the Government of Japan has adopted special measures to extend the period of validity of re-entry permits for students who need to extend their stay in Japan. Also, the procedure for obtaining visas for students who have left Japan temporarily without obtaining re-entry permits has been simplified.
For information on travel to Japan provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
With regard to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility, the Government of Japan is doing its utmost to stabilise the situation, giving full attention to the safety and security of the people in the surrounding area. It is committed to providing the international community with speedy and accurate information with the maximum transparency, including that concerning monitoring operations. In assessing the unfolding situation, the Government requests that care be taken to avoid being deluded by comments gleaned from unreliable reports and other sources. Detailed information concerning the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant can be obtained from the following websites:
Prime Minister of Japan and his Cabinet:
Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency: http://www.nisa.meti.go.jp/english/index.html
Ministry of Foreign Affairs: http://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/incidents/index.html
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology:
Meteorological Agency: http://jma.go.jp/jma/en/2011_Earthquake.html
Important Information from Japanese Government:
Importance of ensuring the secure movement of people and goods
Advice concerning travel to and from Japan has been issued by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in the form of press releases declaring that there are no restrictions on travel to and from Japan. There is also a bulletin from the World Health Organization (WHO) stating that, at the present time, the WHO does not advise a general restriction on travel to and from Japan. Thus, there is currently no scientific basis for asserting that the screening of international passengers or shipments moving to or from Japan is necessary. It is essential to remain calm as action taken on the basis of rumours can hinder the movement of people and goods and have an adverse impact on normal economic activities. This in turn will give rise to major problems from the viewpoint of supporting and rehabilitating the victims of the disaster and reconstruction.
Safety of water and foodstuffs
(1) Regarding certain vegetables as well as milk produced in the area around the stricken nuclear plant in which radiation levels above legal limits have been detected, action banning their transportation has already been taken in accordance with the relevant domestic laws.
(2) Since the earthquake, the normal operations of the fishing industry in the area of the stricken nuclear reactor have ceased. Meanwhile, according to the results of monitoring conducted on 23 and 24 March at Choshi port, either no radiation was detected or that in evidence was below the maximum legal level. (Chiba prefecture: http://pref.chiba.lg.jp/suisan/press/2010/housyanousuisan22-2.html)
(3) With regards drinking water, its quality in Tokyo has already improved and restrictions on giving it to infants have been lifted. (Concerning the legal radiation limit of 300 bequerels per litre for adults and 100 bequerels per litre for children, it is noteworthy that, if one drank this water constantly for a year, the amount of radiation to which one would be exposed would be equal to that naturally present in the atmosphere over the same period.)
(4) The Government of Japan will continue to strive to disseminate speedy and accurate information concerning the situation at the nuclear facility and the measures taken there.