IUC Announcements
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Update: June 3, 2020

The state of emergency for Tokyo and Kanagawa was lifted on Monday, May 25. However, the IUC will continue to offer all instruction online until travel restrictions to Japan have been lifted and conditions related to the COVID-19 pandemic have improved sufficiently to permit on-site instruction. Meanwhile, our faculty and staff continue to work from home. We are tentatively hoping to revert to on-site instruction in November, 2020.


Posted: April 9, 2020

On Tuesday April 7, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced a month-long state of emergency in response to the coronavirus pandemic in seven prefectures. For the safety and health of the IUC community and those around us, we have decided to continue remote office operations through at least May 6 and possibly longer. Faculty and staff will continue to work remotely from home during this period and our 2019-20 10-month intensive course will remain online until further notice. We have also decided to teach our 7-week Summer Program online. Unfortunately, we will not be offering the Kanbun program this summer.

4月7日(火)に発出された安倍首相による緊急事態宣言を受け、新型コロナウイルス感染予防および拡散防止のため、IUCではすでに実施している全教職員を対象とした在宅勤務を5月6日まで継続いたします。2019-20年度10ヶ月プログラムも引き続きオンラインでの遠隔教育を行います。また、2020年度サマーコース (7週間) につきましてもオンラインプログラムとして実施することになりました。尚、誠に遺憾ではございますが、今夏のサマー漢文コースは実施を見合わせることといたしました。何卒ご理解を賜りますようお願い申し上げます。


Posted: March 29, 2020

For the safety, health, and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff, all classes at the IUC went online at the beginning of the fourth quarter, March 23, and will stay that way until further notice. The IUC is also physically closed from March 30 through April 12, with the possibility of extension. Faculty and staff are working remotely from their homes. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide periodic updates.



Posted: March 3, 2020

Although nobody at the IUC has been reported ill, we have decided effective immediately to shift final quarter classes to online learning for the safety, health, and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff. This change will remain in effect until the situation changes. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide periodic updates.



Posted: March 1, 2020

We regret to announce that the lecture planned for April 10, “Consumers, Farmers, and the Future of Food Safety in Japan,” has been cancelled due to concerns over COVID-19. We will continue to monitor the situation and reschedule the lecture when events make that possible. Thank you for your understanding.



Posted: February 24, 2020

The IUC is carefully monitoring the outbreak in Japan of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, especially with regard to the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff at the school in Yokohama.

Please be assured that we are taking the situation very seriously. We have implemented best practices recommended by US and Japanese authorities to minimize exposure and prevent transmission, as well as for communication and reporting. Among other measures, hand sanitizers and face masks have been made available at the school. Resident Director Bruce Batten continues to provide students with regular updates and relevant online resources to increase our preparedness.

At present, no one at the IUC has been reported ill, and classes are being held as usual. We will provide updates from time to time and alert you if the situation changes.

Meanwhile, if you have any concerns or questions, please reach out to us directly at iucjapan@stanford.edu.


For official announcements from the Japanese and US governments about COVID-19, we recommend checking these links:

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