Start of Classes for New Semester Pushed Back Due to Novel Coronavirus
On March 25, Forty-one new cases of COVID-19 were discovered in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area, and Governor Yuriko Koike has asked residents to refrain from leaving their homes. The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare reported that COVID-19 was very likely pervasive in Japan and expressed concern that there could be an explosive increase in cases. Tension has subsequently risen with the government setting up a task force in the afternoon of March 26 and moving forward with preparations for declaring a state of emergency.
With regard to events from April, the Jikei Group of Colleges had already decided to cancel joint entrance ceremonies in each region. However, given the current situation, the group has postponed the start of classes for the new academic year to the middle of April or later and is considering moving the start of classes to sometime after the end of the Golden Week holidays in May, depending on the college or the program. All students including the new students will be contacted by their respective school regarding each start date. Students should contact their school for details.