Our deepest sympathy and condolences go out to all the victims of the Tohoku earthquake of 11 March 2011.
For our international students, researchers and their families, please note that the Osaka area did not suffer any physical damage from the earthquake or its after effects. Electricity, food and water are in normal supply.
The new academic year therefore started on schedule from April 4.
For a geographical overview of the stricken area in relation to Osaka, please see: http://www.jnto.go.jp/eq/eng/03_attraction.htm