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Message from President Posted on May 26, 2020
Shifting to LEVEL1

To All Students,

The state of emergency throughout Japan was lifted on May 25th. As of today, no infected person has been reported in Iwate prefecture. The fact that no infected person has been confirmed in Iwate is a very unique case because the infection has spread all over the world. Our case has even been featured in the American economic journal. In the journal, it was inferred that the geographical environment such as being surrounded by mountains and heightened awareness of crisis caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake might have been a factor, but I think it is the result of each one's action. There is no doubt that the autonomous behavior of all students contributes significantly to this result. Since the early days of the spread of infection, I have asked all students to "behave autonomously and behave appropriately as a member of society". It can be said that this is the result of everyone's response to my request. I would like to thank you again for your cooperation.

In response to the cancellation of the state of emergency, Iwate University has decided to lower COVID-19 alert level from "LEVEL2" to LEVEL1" as of May 26th. Therefore, self-restraint will be eased and it will be possible to move across the prefectures according to the guidelines indicated by the government. We are also considering that club activities will become gradually available in the future.
However, COVID-19 has not disappeared, nor has a vaccine or a cure been developed. It is necessary to carefully watch for a second wave of the infection due to the cancellation of the state of emergency. Unfortunately, it will be the long battle with COVID-19. We must continue to be vigilant and put efforts towards preventing the spread of infection based on a "new lifestyle". From this point of view, now that the number of new infected people has decreased and the state of emergency has been lifted, it is an opportunity to make essential preparations to prevent the spread of infection.

The face-to-face classes will be resumed after the system has been established to ensure that students can take the classes with confidence, such as classrooms hosting interval lectures. We decided to continue remote learning until the end of the second quarter (Aug. 12). We will provide specific information about the commencement of face-to-face classes once it has been decided. As a reminder, Iwate University also lends out communication devices and computer for free to students in need. Again, please feel free to contact us if you have any problems.

May 26, 2020
Ogawa Satoshi

The following URLs summarize our responses to new coronavirus infections.

Message from President Posted on May 15, 2020
Regarding Iwate University's alert level and the continuation of remote learning at the university

To all students, faculty and staff members

Yesterday, the government decided to cancel the state of emergency in 39 prefectures including Iwate prefecture.

I feel that this is the result of each and every person continuing their self-restrained lives, and above all, I am relieved that Iwate University has passed without any infected people.

It can be said that this is because of individual actions done by each of you. I would like to thank you.

By the way, Iwate University has started remote learning since May 7th.
With regards to the lesson implementation, there may be an option to return to face-to-face lessons by canceling the state of emergency. However, Iwate University wants to maintain the University's alert level (LEVEL2) for a while more and continue with remote learning.

The reluctance to release the state of emergency should not waste your efforts. The "New Lifestyle" presented by the Government Experts Meeting calls for "securing the distance between people" and "wearing masks" as measures to prevent infections in the released areas.

In addition, the National Governor's Association said, "At least during the period when the emergency declaration is issued, even if it is lifted in some areas, unnecessary and unurgent movements across prefectures should not be carried out. We have issued a strong recommendation to "call for self-restraint" so that there are no such movements."

It is a comprehensive judgment based on these circumstances. We understand that it may be stressful for all students, faculty and staff, but we ask for your continued understanding and cooperation.

Furthermore, we will carefully judge future changes in the alert level at Iwate University, taking into consideration of the cancellation of the state of emergency and requests from local governments.

May 15, 2020
Ogawa Satoshi

Message from President Posted on May 1, 2020
Regarding School Starts

To All Students,

School will start on May 7th.
Per the previous announcement, the classes will be mostly conducted remotely. This is one of measures of the Novel Coronavirus Infection (COVID-19). Not only students who take classes, but also faculty who conduct them, don't have enough time to prepare for it. We understand that each of students have different Internet access and some of you have difficulty in connecting to class content from off campus. All faculty and staff will do their best to provide the most fulfilling classes under the given condition. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.
If it is a regular year, you may go visit your family and spend time with them during the Golden Week. Unfortunately, it isn't possible this year.
Recently, the number of infected people in Tokyo seems to be decreasing. I would like to ask you for continued cooperation in order not to waste our efforts and help to prevent outbreak in Iwate Prefecture.

May 1, 2020
Ogawa Satoshi

Message from President Posted on May 1, 2020
Regarding Financial Support for Students

To All Students,

Some students have experienced great impact on their lives because their parents' financial situation may have worsened, and/or part-time jobs may be decreasing due to the Declaration of a State of Emergency and the requests for self-restraint of various economic activities.
We are considering how Iwate University can create our very own emergency student support measures such as extending the Iwate University Ihatov funds in addition to the emergency support scholarship provided by Jasso, so that every student can engage in their studies with a sense of security. We will provide specific information on Iwate University's website once it has been decided.

May 1, 2020
Ogawa Satoshi

Message from President Posted on April 24, 2020
 How to spend Golden Week

To all Iwate University faculty, staff and students

As the long holiday approaches, please remember the state of emergency issued by the national government and the message from the governor of Iwate prefecture, by refraining from any nonessential and non-urgent outings, such as traveling, visiting family outside of Iwate prefecture, and leaving the Iwate prefecture.

Since infection is spreading all over the world and Japan, it is extremely important for each person to take ownership of problem and help prevent the spread of infection.

Thank you for your continuous understanding and cooperation.

Message from President Posted on April 17, 2020
 Postponement of the starting date of classes

Dear Students

Yesterday, it was decided that the "Declaration of a State of Emergency" issued by the Japanese government would cover the whole of Japan.
So far, there are no infected persons at this point in Iwate Prefecture, but Iwate University takes this decision very seriously, and decided to postpone the starting date of classes from Monday, April 20th to Thursday, May 7th.

In addition, as a general rule, we plan to conduct all classes online even when classes start from May 7th. We will provide information to students about the environment preparations to make online classes possible, announcements of specific methods, and support from the university, so please check the Iwate University website regularly.

Previously, I have already requested everyone to start living in Iwate Prefecture by Monday, April 6th, observe your health for 14 days, and refrain from going out unnecessarily. In addition, I am sorry to have caused inconvenience to students but thanks to your cooperation, there has been no infected people in Iwate Prefecture as of now.

On the other hand, the spread of new coronavirus infectious diseases has become a global problem, and your continued cooperation is essential to lead this problem to a conclusion.

You are college students and you are already members of society, so I hope that each person will carefully consider the meaning of this declaration and take proper actions as expected of responsible people in society.

However, you may have anxiety about your daily life and your future academic career. In that case, please feel free to consult with the university. Iwate University will support students to the best of our abilities.

I believe that if the faculty, staff and students of Iwate University come together as a team, we will be able to survive this difficult situation together.

Ogawa Satoshi
Iwate University

April 17, 2020

April 7, 2020 Message from President
The University policy based on the government's "Declaration of a State of Emergency"

To all concerned

Today, the government has issued a Declaration of a state of Emergency in light of the rapid spread of new coronavirus infections in the Tokyo metropolitan area and other regions.

We have updated our policies based on the Declaration of a State of Emergency.

The updated policy demands further prohibitions and self-restraint than before, which may cause inconveniences to students, faculty, and related parties. But it is extremely important for each person to take action to prevent further the spread of infection. This is due to the increasing numbers of infected people around the world and throughout Japan.

Young people such as university students need to be cautious, because symptoms may not appear even if infected, and they may infect others without noticing.

Lastly, we hope all of you will understand the importance of preventing the spread of infection, and thank you for your cooperation.

April 7, 2020
Ogawa Satoshi
Iwate University

Message from President on April 2, 2020

For new students, current students of Iwate University and their parents and families

As reported, new coronavirus infectious diseases is still in an expansion phase, and we do not know the when everything will return to normal.

As we enter the new semester in April, we understand that students, parents and their families have great concerns.

In light of the increasing number of infected people, Iwate University has decided to put the health of the students first and postpone the class start date to April 20th. At the same time, we will request a 14-day health observation and necessary self-restraint after coming to Iwate from other prefectures or foreign countries.

Many new students might have moved to Morioka to prepare for the new semester.

It will be a great burden to start a new life in a land that you are not accustomed to, but I want you to be aware that you are already a member of Iwate University and are responsible for your behavior.

Of course, don't let yourself be infected, and don't forget to keep your eyes on others. Make every effort to prevent the spread of infection, such as thorough cough etiquette. Remember that if you are infected, there are some people who will become seriously sick, and it may be life-threatening for them.

Let's overcome this difficulty together as fellow members of Iwate University.

Lastly, we hope that new students, current students, parents, and their families will understand the importance of preventing the spread of infection, and thank you for your cooperation.

April 2, 2020
Ogawa Satoshi
Iwate Universit