Apr 20, 2016
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) President KORENAGA Shun has recorded a message for the APU community.
I am KORENAGA Shun,
President of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University.
I would like to take this chance to talk to the members of our student body.
It has been about one week since the first earthquake struck Kumamoto. Since then, Oita and Kumamoto Prefectures have experienced multiple aftershocks which are decreasing in strength and frequency as time passes. As you already know, we chose to cancel classes at APU this week.
Presently, most schools, businesses, transportation networks, and other services in Beppu are operating normally. The APU campus has also not suffered any significant damage, and is ready for all of you to return. We understand that some students sought refuge elsewhere in Japan or even overseas. In order to give these students time to return to Beppu, we will be resuming classes on Monday, April 25th.
All buses to APU are running. We have completed safety inspections of all the buildings on campus, and campus facilities are available for you to use. Our staff and faculty have been coming to work every day. If you need to talk to someone, please don't hesitate to approach us. As always, your safety and security are our top priority.
We have many students who are already collecting donations to support those in the areas most seriously affected by this disaster. Your concern for others and your friendly attitude in the local community says more about the spirit of APU than I could ever put into words.
I hope to see you all back on campus very soon.