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Support Activities and Response to the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

In the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011, Keio University continue to support disaster victims and rebuild disaster areas while making more contributions than ever to Japanese society in these trying times through its education, research, and medicine.

Keio University’s Support Activities

The Keio community have united their efforts through University-organized initiatives to provide maximum support for all victims of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Some of these initiatives are listed below.

Keio University "Minamisanriku Support Project"

participate in volunteer work

Through the “Minamisanriku Support Project”, Keio University students and faculty work together with local people in grassroots, needs-based volunteer activities and engage in education and research while rebuilding Minamisanriku in Miyagi prefecture, which sustained tremendous damage in the earthquake and tsunami. In the summer of 2011, a charter bus from Hiyoshi to Minamisanriku made 10 round trips, carrying over 260 students, faculty, and staff to the disaster area to participate in volunteer work. Keio conducted the project again in the fall of 2011. In Spring 2012, volunteers split into four groups for a total of approximately 60 student participants. Through these efforts, volunteers were able to expand multiple activities on the ground in Minamisanriku.

Keio Goods Made of Wood from Keio Forest

Keio Goods Made of Wood from Keio Forest

As a part of its Great East Japan Earthquake recovery initiatives and environment conservation activities, Keio University has released official Keio goods designed by students participating in Keio's Minamisanriku Support Project and made using timber thinned from Keio's school forest in Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture.


The Keio Rengō Mita-kai, the Keio Alumni Association made up of Juku-in (graduates of Keio University), cooperated with the Keio University Student Government, an autonomous organization of university students, to collect donations from March 17 to July 31, 2011. A total of 190 million yen was donated to the Japanese Red Cross Society.

Keio University Medical Assistance Teams

From March 17 to May 3, 2011, Keio University Hospital dispatched nine different "Keio University Medical Assistance Teams"to Kesennuma, Miyagi; Rikuzentakata, Iwate; and Soma, Fukushima, to extend medical support after the Great East Japan Earthquake. A total of 29 Keio medical professionals--doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and logistical staff--participated in these teams.

  • 2011/09/29 Tokyo Governor Presents Certificate of Appreciation to Commend Medical Rescue Activities During the Great East Japan Earthquake (Japanese language only)

Keio University Efforts

Student Support and Entrance Exam Support

Keio University will continue to provide financial support through "Keio University Special Scholarship for Students Affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake" in the 2012 academic year. Due to the 25th graduation anniversary contributions of the 128th Mita-Kai, we are able to expand the scope of the scholarship to include not only tuition but all academic fees.
Also, we have taken special measures in response to the disaster situation, such as providing exemptions from entrance examination fees (test fees) and admission fees.

Electricity Conservation

Electricity Conservation

Keio University is enforcing a variety of power saving measures in response to the electrical power situation following the Great East Japan Earthquake. Moreover, we have posted graphs indicating power usage on all Keio campuses on the Keio University website.

Research Activities

Keio is conducting research activities, including those listed below, in connection with restoration and reconstruction after the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Other Responses

Keio University responded on campus directly after the disaster in the following manner.

  • We confirmed the safety of all current Keio students whose address or whose guarantor's address was located in the Tohoku (northeastern Japan) region, and we collected information on the safety and whereabouts of any students who may have been in the Tohoku region for extracurricular activities or other reasons.
  • We confirmed the status of damage on each campus and at affiliated schools.
  • We secured the safety of students unable to return home and allowed them to stay indoors at each campus or affiliated school, providing water and emergency provisions as needed.
  • We opened up part of the South Building on Mita campus to the public to provide shelter for individuals unable to return home.
  • We canceled the graduation ceremonies for both the undergraduate and graduate schools, instead implementing conferment ceremonies where representative students were awarded their degrees. Live video of the ceremonies were broadcasted online for other graduating students to see.
  • We postponed the undergraduate and graduate school entrance ceremonies. The undergraduate ceremony was held on May 1, while the graduate school ceremony was held simultaneously with the September entrance ceremony.
  • For more information concerning the Great East Japan Earthquake, please see the link below (itemized in chronological order until April 19, 2011)
  • Keio University Response (Related to the Great East Japan Earthquake) [March-April 2011]