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【To Students, Faculty and Staff members】Message from the President(Updated of April 27, 2021)

To Students, Faculty and Staff members,

I would like to thank everyone for working together to prevent the COVID-19 outbreak on campus, and as a result, no one has been infected at this time.
On the other hand, the rebound of COVID-19, which consider to be the fourth wave, is occurring nationwide, and a "State of emergency" is in place for Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo prefectures from April 25 to May 11.
"Priority measures such as for prevention of the spread of disease" have already been applied to Miyagi, Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa, Aichi, Okinawa and Ehime prefectures, this measure may also be applied to Hokkaido, Gifu and Mie prefectures.
In these areas, new coronavirus variant which are said to be extremely infectious are considered to be one of the causes of the spread of infection, and there are concerns about further spread.
In the three Hokuriku prefectures, Toyama issued a Toyama alert, and Fukui is in its own State of emergency from April 22 to May 13. Ishikawa issued a "Warning on the spread of COVID-19" on April 26, and last week the number of newly infected people per day reached record high. In these situations we cannot let our guard down and have to be cautious until the COVID-19 situation to subside.
The response at JAIST from today is as follows, please do not let your guard down and take thorough measures against infectious disease in all situations.

  • Business trips and operations involving travel across prefectural borders, continue to make good use of online, and when the government or local government issue a "State of emergency" or "Priority measures such as for prevention of the spread of disease " for the destination, do not make nonessential business trip or travel. For student guidance, use online as much as possible.
  • If business trip or travel to the area subject to a "State of emergency" is unavoidable, be sure to inform the Crisis Management (kikikanri@ml.jaist.ac.jp).
  • For the other areas, decision to whether travel should be made after fully considering the infection status, COVID-19 cluster status, and whether or not infection routes are clear at your destination (same apply to visitors from outside of prefecture). After you travel, monitor your physical condition and if you are unwell such as have a fever, promptly email the Crisis Management (kikikanri@ml.jaist.ac.jp) and do not come to the campus.
    For students, note the following
    ○ Business trip (research activities, conferences etc.)
    must inform your supervisor in advance.
    ○ Job hunting (including internship)
    must inform the Career Support Office (syusyokus@ml.jaist.ac.jp) in advance.
    ○ Off campus extracurricular activities
    must inform the Student Affairs Department (gakusei@ml.jaist.ac.jp) in advance.
  • In early spring, COVID-19 clusters reported all over the country due to the eating and drinking at parties, such as welcome and farewell parties held by young people. It is expected that occasion for dining and drinking with family, relatives and friends will increase when go back to hometown for holiday. Please be cautious to protect yourself from getting infected with COVID-19.
  • Departure from Japan (except for return to home country after completion)
    ○ As for the student's overseas travel during COVID-19 pandemic is as notified separately.
    ○ As for the faculty and staff member's overseas travel during COVID-19 pandemic is as notified separately.
    *If you have to depart from Japan, check the latest information regarding entrance to Japan on the Border enforcement measures, and follow their instructions (submit a certificate of negative test result conducted within 72 hours prior to departing from the country/region where travelers stay, non-use of public transportation for 14 days after entering Japan, etc.).
    Reference: Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare
    https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/0000121431_00209.html
  • Regarding the opening etc. of the Tokyo Satellite Campus is as notified separately.
  • If you are unwell such as have a fever, call your primary care doctor or the Ishikawa Prefecture Consulting Center for the Fever Patients (0120-540-004) for consultation.
    Those who are instructed to see a doctor, do not use public transportations (including JAIST Shuttle). If you are taking Kanaya Taxi (076-272-0085), call in advance and inform them that you "have a fever and visiting a doctor".
    In order to prevent COVID-19 cluster on campus, residents of JAIST student housing and staff housing who are tested for PCR/antigen at their doctor's visit will be placed in designated accommodation without returning to their own rooms, so bring personal belongings such as cash, health insurance card, change of clothes/sleeping wear and mobile phone (including charger) etc.
    Email your doctor's visit result to the Crisis Management (kikikanri@ml.jaist.ac.jp) and follow their instructions. If the test result is positive, the Crisis Management and Health Center staff will ask you about your movement history (date, time, location, activities and contacts), please give them your cooperation. If you do not have return transportation from doctors, ask for assistance at the hospital or health center (0761-22-0793).
  • Avoid the "5 situations that increase the risk of infection" (see attachment) issued by the Subcommittee on Novel Coronavirus Disease Control.
  • COVID-19 vaccination will be conducted in the municipality where your current address is registered, so please confirm your registration.
    COVID-19 vaccine(Ishikawa prefecture))
  • If there is a change in the area or period for the State of emergency declared by the government, a new order from Ishikawa Prefecture, or COVID-19 patients are reported on campus, we will take necessary measures immediately and ask for your kind cooperation.

Since there are COVID-19 patients and clusters have been reported in Nomi city, neighboring cities and universities, we cannot let our guard down.
It is said that nearly 70% of newly infected people in Ishikawa prefecture are infected with the new coronavirus variant. For students, faculty and staff members, please continue to take prevention measures against infection to protect yourself (wear a mask, wash hands, practice the cough etiquette, and avoid the "three Cs"), and monitor your physical condition.
Not only the COVID-19 but also seasonal infectious diseases (measles, rubella, streptococcal infection, etc.) can also be spread.
This is an important time for students to start a full-blown job hunting such as internship, and for new students to prepare for their study, research and job hunting. I strongly hope that you will spend this important time without suffering from various infectious diseases.
Therefore, I ask for your continued cooperation to work together to prevent spread of infection, so that people infected with COVID-19 stay zero.

April 27, 2021
TERANO Minoru,
President of Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

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(Japanese)感染リスクが高まる「5つの場面」
(English)5 situations that increase risk of infection
(Chinese)增加感染风险的「5个场景」

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