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IMPORTANT NOTICE: APU response to novel coronavirus/COVID-19—Spring Semester schedule changes, New Student Orientation homepage opens, APU response to the State of Emergency declared by the Japanese government (Updated April 9, 2020)

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Apr 9, 2020

Latest Update: April 9, 2020
  • Addition: Ritsumeikan APU Co-op Cafeteria and Campus Shop
  • Addition: Oita Kotsu Bus and Kamenoi Bus (City bus schedules for lines serving APU)
For update history, click here
Latest Update: April 9, 2020
  • Addition: Ritsumeikan APU Co-op Cafeteria and Campus Shop
  • Addition: Oita Kotsu Bus and Kamenoi Bus (City bus schedules for lines serving APU)
For update history, click here
Latest Update: March 9, 2020
  • None
For update history, click here

University response to the State of Emergency declared by the Japanese government (Updated April 9, 2020)

On April 7, 2020, the Prime Minister declared a state of emergency in seven prefectures (Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Osaka, Hyogo, and Fukuoka) based on the Act on Special Measures for Pandemic Influenza and New Infectious Diseases Preparedness and Response. This covers the period from Tuesday, April 7 until Wednesday, May 6. People in the areas covered by this declaration are asked to refrain from leaving their place of residence (except for activities that are necessary such as seeking medical attention, shopping for food, or going to work) and to refrain from holding any events.

In consideration of this, Oita Prefecture has asked residents to refrain from any unnecessary travel to any areas covered by the state of emergency. These measures are being taken to protect the health and safety of everyone. Think of your own safety as well as the safety of those around you, and act accordingly.

While APU is not covered by the above declarations, students are asked to carefully follow the below requests.

  1. Remain at your current place of residence and refrain from going outside unless necessary. Do not gather together with friends or other people, whether indoors or outside.
  2. Do not come to campus except for urgent matters.
  3. The Ritsumeikan Osaka-Umeda Campus and the Ritsumeikan Tokyo Campus (Ritsumeikan APU Tokyo Office) are closed until Wednesday, May 6; do not attempt to visit either location.
  4. Refrain from job hunting activities and part-time jobs if possible. If you must engage in these activities, protect yourself from infection by avoiding enclosed spaces, avoiding crowded areas, avoiding close contact with other people, and washing your hands and observing proper cough etiquette.
  5. If you are unable to avoid travel to any of the areas covered by the emergency declaration, when you return to Beppu self-isolate in your residence for 14 days and carefully monitor your temperature and health.
  6. If you live in AP House and are unable to avoid travel to any of the areas covered by the emergency declaration, notify the security office when you return to AP House. Follow the directions of the AP House Office in regards to health matters in AP House.

• In the event national or local governments issue any new declarations or other directives the above information will change, so be sure to check the university homepage regularly.
• If you think you may have any symptoms of illness, contact the APU Health Clinic (booking@apu.ac.jp) and follow their instructions before you seek medical attention at a hospital.

Message to the APU Community from the President Ahead of the 2020 Spring Semester (Updated April 3, 2020)

Message to the APU Community Regarding the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) (Updated March 11, 2020)

As you have seen in the media, the novel coronavirus is spreading through Japan and around the world. As of March 11 one case has been identified in Oita Prefecture. Students, faculty, and staff are asked to take extra care with their health, wash their hands frequently, avoid places with poor ventilation and large numbers of people, avoid unnecessary travel and limit the scope of activities, and take precautions to avoid spreading or contracting any contagious diseases.
Be sure to stay up to date with the latest information from the World Health Organization or other official government websites. Governments around the world are placing entry restrictions on people traveling from Japan, the Japanese government is placing entry restrictions on people traveling to Japan from overseas, and we expect to see new information about government policies and overseas risk information going forward. At APU, we will continue to provide up-to-date accurate information as needed to new enrollees, current students, faculty, and staff. Please continue to check this page, Campus Terminal, and email from the university.
There are many rumors and false information spreading about the coronavirus. We ask that everyone take care to not fall for false information or rumors, and to not spread information like this to others.

Establishment of the APU Countermeasures Task Force for the novel coronavirus problem (updated March 4)

Based on the current worldwide spread of the novel coronavirus, the World Health Organization (WHO) has raised its advisory to the highest level and the Japanese government has requested the closure of elementary, junior, and senior high schools nationwide. Accordingly, Ritsumeikan launched the "The Ritsumeikan Trust Crisis Response Task Force" on March 2nd.
The Establishment of The Ritsumeikan Trust Crisis Response Task Force in response to the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

In response, Ristumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) established its own "APU Countermeasures Task Force" on March 2nd. President Haruaki Deguchi is acting as Director-general of the task force, and will work with the community towards prompt and appropriate actions to prevent the spread of infection on campus and protect the health of students, faculty and staff, and the community in the local area.

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