The University of Victoria Responds to the Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan
- Message from President David Turpin
- Travel Advisories to Japan
- Updates on Japan's nuclear reactors
- Information for UVic Students in Japan
- Information for UVic International Students from Japan
- Earthquake and Tsunami Public Forum
- Information for Staff and Faculty
- Web-links for Further Information
- Contribute to the recovery effort
“I know I speak for all members of the University of Victoria community when I express our immense sadness at the devastation and loss of life being experienced by the people of Japan as a result of the massive earthquake and tsunami.
Student Affairs, including our International and Exchange Student Services and Cooperative Education and Career Services, have been in touch with all of the UVic students and staff who are in Japan, and current information indicates that all are safe. We have also received reassuring updates from alumni branches in Japan.
The Division of Continuing Studies and International and Exchange Student Services have been working on contacting all on-campus Japanese students, to express concern and sympathy, and to offer support and counselling services to all who may require them. These efforts will continue.
As the emergency response continues, we send our deepest sympathies and condolences to individuals and families who have lost neighbours, colleagues, friends and loved ones.”
Last Updated: April 15, 2011
Up to date information about Canada's response to the earthquake and travel to Japan.
The latest news from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
The University of Victoria is advising its academic and research units who may have students pursuing academic courses or research projects in Japan to strongly recommend that the students return to Canada.
If you are a UVic student who is currently in Japan who has not been contacted by the University, please contact the appropriate office at the university as soon as possible.
The Canadian embassy in Tokyo advises Canadians in distress in Japan to phone the embassy at 011-81-3-5412-6200, the Emergency Operations Centre in Ottawa at 613-944-2741 or 613-943-1056 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Canadian embassy is located at 7-3-38 Akasaka Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8503 Japan.
The embassy also requests that all Canadians abroad register with its Registration of Canadians Abroad service
Students who are out-of-country should contact their UVSS group medical plan at 1-866-601-2583.
Graduate students can call Pacific Blue Cross by reaching an overseas operator and requesting a collect call to 604-419-4487.
UVic students have organized a "UVic Support Japan Committee" to discuss how to assist Japan and to help students connect to discuss recent events. For further information please contact students Keiichi Otani (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org) and Hiroko Ota (email@example.com). Contact the committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visiting clinical psychologist and counsellor Dr. Haruki Miyakawa from Texukayama University in Japan is also offering assistance. Dr. Miyakawa can be contacted at email@example.com.
A conversation lounge for peer connection in Japanese language for UVic Japanese international students will be held in the Human and Social Development Buidling, room B141 every Friday (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and Saturday (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
If you are an international student from Japan and you need support or counselling from the University, please contact the appropriate office, listed below.
Marlene Thiebaut, an exchange student from France, has created a video in support of Japan.
- International and Exchange Student Services: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Cooperative Education and Career Services: email@example.com
- English Language Centre (Division of Continuing Studies): firstname.lastname@example.org
- Counselling Services: email@example.com
- Student Health Services: Telephone 250-721-8492
- Student Financial Aid Services: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Office of International Affairs: email@example.com
On March 17 the university held a public forum on understanding and responding to Japan's earthquake and tsunami. For a comprehensive report on the presentations and links to useful and informative websites click here.
Staff or faculty in Japan should contact MediAssist immediately. MediAssist will co-ordinate any out-of-country care that is required. Reach MediAssist at 604-419-4487
For further information, please call the UVic benefits office:
Those attempting to call Japan from the Uvic campus should dial 9-1-800-646-0000 to reach a Telus 'Dial Around' operator. Please be advised that circuits to Japan are currently overloaded and calls may not go through.
The UVic Interfaith Chapel is open for those who wish to spend some quiet time for reflection, to meditate or to offer prayers for Japan. Mondays to Fridays, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Consulate General of Japan in Vancouver email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Asahi Shimbun English edition: http://www.facebook.com/AJW.Asahi
Person Finder: (for assistance in contacting people in Japan)
Person Finder (in Japanese) http://japan.person-finder.appspot.com/?lang=ja
Person Finder: (in English) http://japan.person-finder.appspot.com/?lang=en
The following organizations are accepting donations to assist in the recovery effort in Japan:
- CARE Canada: www.care.ca
- UNICEF: www.unicef.ca
- Canadian Red Cross: www.redcross.ca
- Doctors Without Borders: www.doctorswithoutborders.org
The four largest Japanese Canadian organizations have joined together to raise funds for emergency relief efforts in Japan. Check out upcoming fund-raising events and activities at http://www.vncs.ca