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Notice of post-earthquake building closure; Students Ashley Mar (from the University of California, Santa Barbara) and Alex Forencich (from the University of California, San Diego) were studying at Tohoku University in Sendai at the time of the earthquake. Here they are shown with Tokyo Study Center Director Junko Ito and staff manager Kayo Takahashi. Opposite, UCEAP staff members packing student personal items for shipment to California after student evacuation.

It was not the tremors nor the loss of services on March 11, 2011, but the uncertainty and fear of a spiraling nuclear nightmare that triggered a rapid exodus from Japan of hundreds of thousands of foreigners, including by some estimates half of its 140,000 international students, most of whom were studying far from the danger zone. Education abroad programs and providers were jolted into crisis mood as educators scrambled to ascertain the safety and whereabouts of students such as Ashley, and then made heartwrenching decisions of whether to pull them out of Japan in the middle of their studies. These educators are no strangers to dealing with far-off crises, whether precipitated by natural disasters, civil unrest, war, or disease outbreaks. Some programs had just evacuated students from Egypt and elsewhere across the Middle East amid the Arab Spring uprisings. Still, it was unusual to confront such disruptions and so many unknowns in Japan, one of the world’s most prosperous and technologically advanced countries. Some felt the travel warnings from U.S. Department of State (DOS) left them no choice but to summon students home, even those at universities in Osaka and other cities south of Tokyo far from Fukushima. DOS immediately urged U.S. citizens “to avoid tourism and nonessential travel to Japan” and, even at

the end of March , advised against travel to Tokyo and 15 prefectures, including hard hit Iwate, Mayagi, and Fukushima. While Japanese authorities evacuated a 12mile zone around the nuclear plant, the U.S. warned Americans to stay 50 miles away and distributed potassium iodide tablets to embassy families as a precaution. The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology appealed to international students not to believe everything they were reading “in the form of chain e-mails, electronic bulletin boards, and mini-blogs …. If you receive one of these chain e-mails, please delete it immediately and do not forward it to anyone else.” Winona State University Associate Professor of Japanese Matthew Strecher, who had planned to take students to Japan in May, wound up going by himself. Strecher, who once taught at Tokyo University, said his Japanese colleagues were “dismayed by the mass exodus from Japan. They perceived a rather severe overreaction.” But he understood why some Winona State parents told him they did not want their child going to Japan in the spring. “If you watched CNN, it was all Doomsday stuff,” he said. Other educators, both Japanese and American, said they felt Western news reports exaggerated how much of the country was brought to a standstill and how big a threat the Fukushima plant posed.

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From the Editors
In Brief
Voices: University at Buffalo President Satish K. Tripathi
Overcoming Chaos
Degrees of Distinction
Macalester College
Foreign Student Affairs
A View from Out Here
In Focus
Language Supplement
The language of Business
Launching Pad: Community College Programs
Intensive English Language Directory
Intensive Foreign Language Directory
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