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【To Students, Faculty and Staff members】Message from the President(Updated of September 30, 2021)

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff members,

I would like to express my gratitude for your understanding and cooperation in preventing the spread of the COVID-19.
The government has decided to lift the "State of Emergency" from 19 prefectures (Hokkaido, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Saitama, Chiba, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Shizuoka, Gifu, Aichi, Mie, Shiga, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, and Okinawa) and the "Priority Measures to Prevent the Spread of Disease" from 8 prefectures (Miyagi, Fukushima, Ishikawa, Okayama, Kagawa, Kumamoto, Miyazaki, and Kagoshima) after September 30.
In Ishikawa Prefecture, the pace of decrease in the number of new COVID-19 cases has slowed down, and Ishikawa's own monitoring index has been set at Stage II.
Many of JAIST's students, faculty, and staff have already received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, but there is concern about breakthrough infections that have been reported in Japan and abroad, where fully vaccinated individuals become infected.
In addition, after the State of Emergency is lifted, the flow of people is expected to increase, and there is concern about infection rebound. Therefore, please continue to take basic countermeasures against infectious diseases, such as wearing masks.

Please follow the measures below starting October 1. I would also like to ask everyone to stay cautious and continue to take measures against COVID-19 in all situations.

  • Thoroughly follow infection control measures such as "avoid the three Cs", "keep a safe distance from others", "wear a mask", and "wash hands and use hand sanitizer".
  • To ensure the health and safety of students, faculty and staff members, wear a mask on campus (including student housings), especially when coming into contact with or talking to others.
  • Avoid the "5 situations that increase the risk of infection" (see attachment) issued by the Subcommittee on Novel Coronavirus Disease Control.
  • In the case of business trips or operations that involve travel across prefectural borders, refrain from doing so if it is unnecessary, and continue to make use of the online system.
    In the event that the government or local authorities issue "State of Emergency" or "Priority Measures to Prevent the Spread of Disease" to the destination, do not carry out any unnecessary business trip or travel. For student guidance, make use of online system as much as possible.
  • If, even after taking the above into consideration, it is still necessary to go on a business trip or travel to an area subject to "State of Emergency" or "Priority Measures to Prevent the Spread of Disease", be sure to inform the Crisis Management (kikikanri@ml.jaist.ac.jp) in advance.
  • For areas that are not subject to a "State of Emergency" or "Priority Measures to Prevent the Spread of Disease", decide whether or not to travel after carefully considering the situation, including the status of COVID-19 cases, the occurrence of clusters, and whether or not the route of infection is clear at the destination.
  • The same apply to visitors from outside of Ishikawa prefecture.
  • After you travel, monitor your health and if you are unwell such as have a fever, email the Crisis Management (kikikanri@ml.jaist.ac.jp) immediately and do not come to the campus.

    For students
    ○ If you plan to go on a business trip (research activities, academic conferences, etc.), be sure to inform your supervisor in advance.
    ○ If you plan to do any job-hunting activities (including internships), be sure to inform the Career Support Office (syusyokus@ml.jaist.ac.jp) in advance.
    ○ If you plan to participate in extracurricular activities off-campus, be sure to inform the Student Affairs Department (gakusei@ml.jaist.ac.jp) in advance.
  • To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to protect yourself and others, continue to act with caution when eating out with family or drinking with friends, etc. after the State of Emergency is lifted.
  • Departure from Japan (except for return to home country after completion)
    ○ As for the student's overseas travel during COVID-19 pandemic, refer to the separate notice. 【Outline】
    ○ As for the faculty and staff member's overseas travel during COVID-19 pandemic, refer to the separate notice.

    ※If it is necessary to travel out of Japan, check Border enforcement measures for the latest information on entry to Japan, 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, refer to the separate notice.
  • If you are unwell such as have a fever, call your primary care doctor or the Ishikawa Consulting Center for Patients with Fever (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 (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).
  • If the government declares another State of Emergency, if Ishikawa prefecture issues new instructions, or if there is a new case of COVID-19 on campus, JAIST will take the necessary actions as needed, and ask for your cooperation.

For students, this is an important time to concentrate on job hunting activities such as internships, as well as educational and research activities to complete their studies. I strongly hope that all of you will stay safe from various infectious diseases during this important time, and once again, I would like to ask for your continued cooperation in protecting yourself and others from infectious diseases.

September 30, 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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